A 38-year-old member asked:
How risky is an amniocentesis?
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Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Has risks: All procedures have risks and benefits. Refer to provider for their risk ratio.
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Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
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Is the amniocentesis a risky thing to do?
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Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
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A 36-year-old member asked:
What is amniocentesis?
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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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Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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