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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 Syringe is attached; fluid is withdrawn.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 29-year-old member asked:

What can I expect to happen during amniocentesis?

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Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 45 years experience
Fluid taken from sac: Amnio is a test done at 15-20 wks of pregnancy to check if a fetus has a genetic disorder like down's syndrome.It is usually done for women >35 y/o or with a previous abnormal screening test like an msafp test or NT test.An ultrasound is done 1st to check the fetus, the fluid and placenta.A very thin needle is used to remove the fluid with ultrasound guidance.Anesthesia usually not needed.
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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