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Reached 58,000 patients after 5 years of NIPT

NIPT started 5 years ago and reached 58,000 patients"

The total number of people who received NIPT reached approximately 58,000 over a five-year period from April 2013 to the end of March 2018, covering data from approximately 82 facilities.

The total number of people who received NIPT was announced as approximately 58,000 for the five years from April 2013 to the end of March 2018, based on data from approximately 82 facilities. The number of cases conducted in fiscal year 2009 was approximately 13,000, almost the same number as in fiscal year 2008.

Of the 1,038 positive (about 1.8% of those tested) and 57,018 negative, who tested positive and had an abnormal test, 729 (about 70% of the positive tests) opted for abortion.

In prenatal diagnosis, blood is drawn from pregnant women to check for three types of chromosomal abnormalities, including Down's syndrome. The need for this service is increasing due to the aging of births, but because it can lead to abortion, the Japanese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology has set requirements, such as limiting examinees to those 35 years of age or older, and permits the service only at accredited facilities. Recently, there have been many cases of diagnoses being made at facilities not accredited by the society, and Professor Akihiko Sekizawa of Showa University believes that "the number of people who have been examined (is) actually increasing (beyond the tally).