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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.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
If at increased risk: It is only indicated and may be considered in which there is an increased risk of genetic disorder. If you are 35 or older by the time your baby is due if you previously had a baby with Down syndrome or another disoeder like spina bifida and you and your partner are known carriers of genetic disorder like cystic fibrosis.

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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.

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