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I had an amniotic fluid test which showed a high concentration of alpha-fetoprotein. What does this mean?

I  had an amniotic fluid test which showed a high concentration of alpha-fetoprotein. What does this mean?

AFP in amniotic fl: If an amniocentesis is performed and AFP is detectedin the amniotic fluid, this means that the fetus has an open neural tube defect or an abdominal wall defect. Sonographic evaluation needs to confirm the abnormality. ...Read more

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What symptoms of low amniotic fluid are the most important?

What symptoms of low amniotic fluid are the most important?

Oligohydramnios: Low amniotic fluid or oligohydramnios is a condition brought about by a decreased production of urine by the fetus either through a decreased placental perfusion or blocked urinary outlet, to name a few. It could also result from a ruptured amniotic membrane. One of the first signs of low fluid is a size-date discepancy of the growing uterus. An ultrasound will help to diagnose the condition. ...Read more

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I had done triple test on 18th week n result shows 810:1risk.Do I need to take amniotic fluid test.please suggest.

I had done triple test on 18th week n result shows 810:1risk.Do I need to take amniotic fluid test.please suggest.

No: A 1:810 risk isn't very high. I wouldn't recommend an amniocentesis. I don't know what cut-off is used in China. In the USA, Amnio is frequently recommended if the triple-screen risk is greater than the risk of a 35 year-old women (once chance in 365) The UK frequently uses a cutoff of greater than once chance in 150. ...Read more

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I had an amniotic fluid test which showed a high concentration of alpha-fetoprotein. What does this mean?

AFP in amniotic fl: If an amniocentesis is performed and AFP is detectedin the amniotic fluid, this means that the fetus has an open neural tube defect or an abdominal wall defect. Sonographic evaluation needs to confirm the abnormality. ...Read more

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5 months pregnant. On amniotic fluid sample test, "fetal karyotype was found to be 47, ##, +21 indicating down syndrome.". Should i go for abortion?

5 months pregnant. On amniotic fluid sample test, "fetal karyotype was found to be 47, ##, +21 indicating down syndrome.". Should i go for  abortion?

Personal decision: Yes, your child has down's syndrome. I have no idea how those children are treated in india. However, they are the most loving, kind people i care for. They have the capacity for love and joy unlike any of my other patients. Will the child require extra care and have different needs - absolutely. Only you can decide if you have the capacity to provide this and continue the pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is a fish test on amniotic fluid?

What is a fish test on amniotic fluid?

Rapid look for Down.: Fish stands of fluorescent in-situ hybidization of the chromosomes in fetal cells obtained after invasive prenatal diagnosis (such as amniocentesis). When time is of the essence, fish can give a preliminary result of fetal aneuploidy (e.g. Down syndrome) within 24 hours from the procedure. It should be followed by a full karyotype and chromosomal microarray analysis. ...Read more

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What are the tests for amniotic fluid embolism?

What are the tests for amniotic fluid embolism?

Clinical and DIC: Amniotic fluid embolism, depending on the amount of fluid getting into maternal circulation can be catastrophic. The diagnosis depends on clinical suspicion and testing for disseminated intra-vascular coagulation, namely low platelet count, elevated pt ptt, abnormal shape of red cells, low fibrinogen and fibrin split products, chest x-ray etc. ...Read more

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What are the tests for amniotic fluid infection?

What are the tests for amniotic fluid infection?

Amniocentesis: The diagnosis is suggested by severe abdominal pain, decreased fetal movement, and maternal fever. The definitive test is amniocentesis, which is to obtain a sample of fluid, usually under ultrasound guidance, and then sending the fluid for appropriate laboratory studies. This is a very serious condition that, if confirmed, almost always requires delivery of the baby. ...Read more

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Ultrasound at 40weeks today showed AFI 28cm. Excess amniotic fluid? All scans until now had normal amount. Should I worry? Glucose test was normal.

Ultrasound at 40weeks today showed AFI 28cm. Excess amniotic fluid? All scans until now had normal amount. Should I worry? Glucose test was normal.

High: The AFI is a little above high normal. There can be several causes, including human error on how they measured. You say ALL scans, why were they doing more than one scan during you pregnancy. There must have been other concerns going on. But, since all were normal until now, I would suggest this is still a low risk finding. Speak with your OB for final interpretation. ...Read more

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How can I increase my amniotic fluid.?

How can I increase my amniotic fluid.?

Oral hydration.: You are not in complete control of your amniotic fluid volume, as this may be mostly reliant on fetal issues. You can and should, however, hydrate yourself vigorously throughout pregnancy and that might help with your amniotic fluid as well. ...Read more

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At what level is amniotic fluid too low?

At what level is amniotic fluid too low?

Amniotic fluid: Fluid levels change throughout pregnancy. When someone has low fluid we call it oligohydramnios. This is where the total amniotic fluid index is less than 5.0 cmtotal or. The largest verticle measured pocket of fluid is less than 2.0 cm. Levels between 5-10 cm is low normal & can be due to multiple causes including dehydration. Discuss these findings with your md. ...Read more

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What is the normal amount of amniotic fluid?

What is the normal amount of amniotic fluid?

Roughly 800 cc: The amount of amniotic fluid is greatest at about 34 weeks (gestation) into the pregnancy, when it averages 800 mL. About 600 mL of amniotic fluid surrounds the baby at full term (40 weeks gestation). Having said that, amniotic fluid is exchanged between mother and her fetus several times a day. ...Read more

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What is th green slime in ny amniotic fluid?

Meconium: Meconium is basically a fetal bowel movement. A fetal bowel movement inside the uterus can occur for no reason but might also signify some intrauterine stress on the baby. ...Read more

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What does it mean if amniotic fluid is thickening?

What does it mean if amniotic fluid is thickening?

Unsure: I am not sure what you are asking. Amniotic fluid is composed mostly of the baby's urine and should be watery like urine. If the amniotic fluid is becoming thick for any reason, it is unlikely to be a good thing. ...Read more

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Is there any way to increase amniotic fluid if it is low?

Is there any way to increase amniotic fluid if it is low?

Rest and hydration: There is not a great definitive way to increase amniotic fluid when it is low. Often times complete rest and hydration are recommended. If the pregnancy is close enough to the due date, delivery is recommended because low fluid is often a sign that the placenta is not working well. ...Read more

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What causes low amniotic fluid levels?

What causes low amniotic fluid levels?

Circulation issues: The amniotic fluid 'circulates' inside the uterus after it is manufactured including the baby swallowing some of it. If there are genetic problems with the fetus or problems in 'manufacturing' both can cause low levels. ...Read more

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Is excess amniotic fluid a cause for concern?

Is excess amniotic fluid a cause for concern?

Yes: Excess amniotic fluid can be associated with diabetes, infection, and birth defects that prevent the fetus from swallowing. It can also be associated with an increased risk of stillbirth. Once the causes above have been eliminated, testing of the fetus' wellbeing should be done until delivery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how doctors check your amniotic fluid?

Can you tell me how doctors check your amniotic fluid?

Ultrasound: An ultrasound of the uterus is done to measure the pockets of fluid. There are two ways to do this. You can measure the single largest vertical pocket or you can measure the largest vertical pocket in each of 4 quadrants around the umbilicus and add them together. ...Read more

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What symptoms of low amniotic fluid are the most important?

Oligohydramnios: Low amniotic fluid or oligohydramnios is a condition brought about by a decreased production of urine by the fetus either through a decreased placental perfusion or blocked urinary outlet, to name a few. It could also result from a ruptured amniotic membrane. One of the first signs of low fluid is a size-date discepancy of the growing uterus. An ultrasound will help to diagnose the condition. ...Read more

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