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A 30-year-old member asked:

What should i expect during amniocentesis?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Quick: Amniocentesis is very quick and not that uncomfortable.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Step-by-step amnio: Consent is obtained; questions are answered. Ultrasound is used to find best location for needle. Iodine is wiped on skin. Ultrasound is placed on abdomen again. Skin may or may not be numbed by injection. Amniocentesis needle (long but thin) is inserted through abdominal wall into amniotic sac. Syringe is attached; fluid is withdrawn. Heartbeat is checked. Skin is cleaned. Instructions are given.

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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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