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Can i refuse an amniocentesis?

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Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: No body can do any test on you that you do not feel comfortable with.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
ABSOLUTELY!: Invasive prenatal diagnosis is a deeply personal choice after information gathering and analysis. It is never mandated and is always elective/optional. Nowadays non-invasive prenatal diagnosis can be obtained by sampling the maternal blood and isolating cell-free fetal dna in it - ask your doctor and genetic counselor about maternit21 and harmony tests.

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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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