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A 38-year-old member asked:

Should i have cvs or amniocentesis?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Maybe: CVS and amniocentesis are tests that some patients will choose to have to help get a diagnosis. They allow testing of the baby's genes and help diagnosis genetic defects. These tests are not done routinely on everyone but rather on those who are at high risk for genetic diseases. Age > 35 or an abnormal blood test for Down syndrome would be examples of those who might consider this.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Depends: On what you want to know, how much and your choice. There are risks and benefits to both. You need a detailed discussion with your doctor who would do the procedure about each one then make up your mind.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the benefits of amniocentesis vs. Cvs?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Fewer complications: While both tests are very accurate, a cvs has a higher miscarriage rate than an amnio.
A 28-year-old member asked:

Why is it important to do cvs or amniocentesis?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Personal decision: Both tests are 100% accurate in determining whether or not the baby has chromosomal problems like down's syndrome. Women over 40 have a 1 in 20 risk of this. Some people would terminate the pregnancy if they knew the baby had a chromosomal problem. The cvs gives you info earlier than the amnio but has a higher miscarriage rate.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it dangerous to have cvs or amniocentesis?

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Dr. Stacie Macdonald
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No: It is uncommon to have complications from amniocentesis or cvs. There is a small increased risk for miscarriage from these procedures. The physician who is performing the procedure can give their rates, usually less than 1% for an amniocentesis and 1% for cvs. The acog website has a nice handout on these procedures.
A 36-year-old member asked:

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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