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How risky is an amniocentesis?

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Dr. Miriam Sivkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Has risks: All procedures have risks and benefits. Refer to provider for their risk ratio.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
1%-1/1000 risk loss.: The risk of fetal loss ranges roughly between 1/100 and 1/1000 with lower risks reported more recently as machines and instruments have improved. The risk of fetal loss increases with maternal age, sonographic markers of anomalies, prior vaginal bleeding/short cervix, number of needle insertions and poor fetal growth. Some women go on to preterm birth or rupture of membranes weeks after.

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Is the amniocentesis a risky thing to do?

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Dr. M. Taslimi
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends,but low risk: Amniocentesis done by an expert is low risk. The main risk is rupture of membranes that often is related to the ultra-structure of the membrane in a given pregnancy. The small risk should be matched with desired benefits; expert counseling can put the risk/benefit in perspective. Seek advice from geneticist and maternal fetal medicine specialist.
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What is amniocentesis?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Amnio is a procedure: Amniocentesis is the procedure during which a long, slim needle is inserted through the prenant woman's abdominal and uterine walls and through the membranes of the amniotic sac, and fluid is aspirated/drawn into a syringe attached to that needle. Fluid can be studied for chromosomes (karyotype) or special genetic disorders, for infection, for lung maturity and for other conditions of baby or mom.

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