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where do i go to get an amniocentesis done?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
OB doc: Your OB doc will perform an amniocentesis in their office or an outpatient clinic. This is generally done to perform genetic testing on the baby.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Depends on reason: Amniocentesis is the procedure by which fluid is removed from the amniotic sac. It is done to study chromosomes, perform genetic tests, check lung maturity, etc. In general, it is performed by an obgyn specialist or a maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist in the office or clinic. It might also be performed on labor and delivery or the antepartum ward. Ask the OB provider what is best in your case.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Why should I get cvs or amnio?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Genetic info: These tests are for women who have a higher risk for having a baby with a genetic problem like down's syndrome and for women who would act on this information such as terminating the pregnancy. Though a cvs can obtain this information much earlier than an amnio, it has a much higher rate of miscarriage than an amnio.
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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.
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Are there risks involved in getting an amniocentesis or cvs?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: Both have a risk of miscarriage. The risk is about 4 times higher with a cvs than an amniocentesis.
A 28-year-old member asked:

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.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Is a cvs a higher risk procedure than amniocentesis?

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Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 years experience
No: Amniocentesis is usually offered between 15-20 weeks, with a pregnancy loss rate of about 1 in 300-500. Chorionic villus sampling (cvs) is offered after 9 weeks. The pregnancy loss rate appears to be about the same as amniocentesis. There are additional fetal risks if it is performed before 7 weeks. The benefit of cvs is earlier detection, which allows for safer termination, if desired.

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