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Prenatal Diagnosis

Wei Wu

Nanjing Medical University

A pioneering researcher in reproductive medicine, appointed associate department chair of Department of Toxicology, Nanjing Medical University, Society of Toxicology full member and holder of eleven registered patents. Dr. Wei Wu has received awards from many national societies for the originality and quality of his projects. He has authored 70 peer-reviewed papers in international journals.


Qiuqin Tang

Nanjing Medical University

A pioneering researcher in obstetrics and holder of three registered patents. Dr. Qiuqin Tang's research interests include genetic and epigenetic risk factors of reproductive and developmental health. She has authored over 20 papers in international journals.


Ultrasound Biochemical Screening Amniocentesis Fetoscopy Karyotype Molecular DNA Testing Congenital Malformation Birth Defects Biomarker Protein Prenatal Diagnosis Prenatal Screening

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Congenital malformations are a major challenge for modern health care involving obstetricians, gynecologists, neonatologists, pediatricians, and pediatric surgeons. Approximately 3% to 5% of pregnancies are complicated by birth defects or genetic diseases. Chromosomal abnormalities occur in about 1 in 150 live births, and congenital malformations remain the primary cause of infant death and childhood death. The risk of aneuploidy increases with the age of the mother. Fetal abnormalities are more common in multiple pregnancies than in singleton pregnancies. A past family history of aneuploidy increases the risk of aneuploidy for current pregnancy. Most prenatal tests are used for screening. The goals of these tests are to identify women at high risk for chromosomal abnormalities or birth defects during pregnancy. Invasive tests are more technically difficult and associated with a higher risk of procedure-related pregnancy loss than less invasive methods. The approach of biomarkers identification will uncover new opportunities for prenatal diagnosis and may lead to a better understanding of the pathogenesis of congenital anomalies.

This book will intend to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the techniques for prenatal diagnosis, biomarkers for early diagnosis, and prenatal diagnosis in multiple pregnancies.

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Wei Wu

Nanjing Medical University

Dr. Wei Wu is an associate professor and associate department chair in the Department of Toxicology, Nanjing Medical University, China, where he received his Ph.D. in Toxicology in 2012. He was a guest researcher at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) between 2017 and 2018. Dr. Wu is a member of different national and international societies in the fields of human reproduction and toxicology. He has received awards from many national societies for the originality and quality of his projects. Dr. Wu has authored seventy-two peer-reviewed papers in international journals, edited four books, and collaborated on ten others. He is also a reviewer for ninety-three journals. Dr. Wu has eleven patents to his credit and has participated in the organization of three international conferences.

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