Cell-free DNA screening performance table
Performance of cell-free DNA screening by condition
Note that each laboratory may have different conditions offered for cfDNA screening and their own lab-specific analytic data.
False positive rate
Positive predictive value1
|High risk2||General population|
|Sex chromosome conditions3||90-93%||>99%||<1%||25-52%||25-41%|
1Positive predictive values (PPV) presented are estimates for educational purposes. PPV will be specific to a given patient based on age and other characteristics. See NSGC/PQF calculator or UNC calculator to compute personalized PPV risk estimates for a given patient.
2High risk = advanced maternal age, personal/family history, positive other screening, ultrasound abnormality
3Includes XO (Monosomy X, Turner syndrome), XXY (Klinefelter syndrome), Trisomy X (Triple X syndrome), and XYY (Jacob syndrome). Limited validity data available.
4Includes 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (DiGeorge syndrome), 1p36 deletion syndrome, 15q11.2 deletion (Angelman and Prader-Willi syndromes), 5p deletion (Cri-du-chat syndrome), 4p deletion (Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome). 8q24 deletion (Langer-Giedion syndrome), and 11q deletion (Jacobsen's syndrome). Limited validity data available.
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Updated May 2019