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what is non invasive prenatal diagnosis?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Ultrasound: Noninvasive means test being performed does not enter the body i.e. Down the throat/airway, up the vaginal canal, anal canal, or piercing through the skin/tissue such as entering blood vessels, abdominal cavity etc... An ultrasound done without having to do above is noninvasive--such as checking gallbladder for stones etc...
Dr. Kamer Tezcan
Clinical Genetics 34 years experience
Without risk to fetu: New technology instead of getting a tissue sample from the fetus or amniotic fluid by using needles, just from mother's blood fetal blood cells can be extracted. These fetal cells then are tested for genetic conditions. Common noninvasive studies are fetal ultrasounds or mri's; images of fetal body parts can lead to a diagnosis. Maternal serum tests are only screening studies, not to diagnose.

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Is it a good idea to do antenatal classes?

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Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 years experience
Yes: I think it is a great idea for first time parents. I think it helps relieve some of the anxiety about delivery when you have learned what to expect.
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How do I get to antenatal classes?

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Dr. Barbara Toppin
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Ask your Clinic: Generally OB providers have a list of available prenatal classes. If not then call the labor and delivery unit at the hospital you will be going to. Hospitals often provide their own classes. Some will even give discount or free classes if your insurance does not cover . For those who can't attend a class, consult your local library for books and videos.
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What are antenatal classes?

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Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pre-Natal Classes: Antenatal and prenatal are two different words meaning "before birth". These classes usually teach parents what to expect during the birthing process and how to care for a newborn. Some hospitals have special classes for experienced parents or those expecting a cesarean. Infant CPR is often covered.
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What is invasive prenatal diagnosis?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Amnio or CVS: Typically the term "invasive prenatal diagnosis" applies to two tests commonly performed to obtain fetal genetic information, amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling. The word "invasive" is used for procedures like these because the uterus is entered through a needle into amniotic sac or through a catheter into placental tissue, respectively.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for marfan's syndrome to be detected prenatally?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: A special genetic test can compare the genes of a fetus (obtained by chorionic villus sampling) with the known gene defect of the Marfan syndrome parent (by previously testing the parent) to see if the fetus has the same type of defect as the diseased parent.

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