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Amniotic Fluid Test Strips
I had done triple test on 18th week n result shows 810:1risk. Do I need to take amniotic fluid test. Please suggest.
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
I had an amniotic fluid test which showed a high concentration of alpha-fetoprotein. What does this mean?
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
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
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
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
Can a yeast infection cause a pH strip to turn blue green when testing for amniotic fluid leaking?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Meconium staining: Sometimes, however, a baby has a bowel movement before or during birth. If this happens, the amniotic fluid released when the mother's bag of water breaks will have a greenish tint. At times when the baby is not getting enough oxygen before or during birth, the baby may take a breath and inhale some meconium, which can irritate the baby's lungs and cause lung problems that can be severe. ...Read more
I'm 39weeks & 3 days, my amniotic fluid level is 3.0. Should they induce me on my following appointment? (31st)
Contact Obgyn: Oligohydramnios is the medical term for low amniotic fluid. This typically is diagnosed with a fluid level less than 5 cm. Contact your Obgyn to clarify what your level was and ask what the treatment plan is. In general if the amniotic fluid level was 3 cm then an induction is done. We can not provide advise on the management on your particular case but definitely contact your doctor. ...Read more
I'm 28 weeks and was told I have a generous amount of amniotic fluid. Is this common? I read up on it and it was pretty concerning. Help please
You need an amount: Most with some elevated fluid do not have an issue; if elevated real high you will probobly get referred to a specialist but there is a number called an amniotic fluid index that will guide the severity. Polyhydramnios (light fluid) is considered over about 20 but need more specifics from your dr. Saying generous is non specific and leads you googling, worried and focused on downside. Gd luc. ...Read more
I want to know how it will affect my health and the growth of the baby. Amniotic fluid is adequate, growth of the baby is normal. I am 15 weeks 3 days?
Mgt: Your OB specialist can obtain an ultrasound at your next visit. Once you have the report, then you can review the results. ...Read more
A hole: The bag of water is held together by amniotic membranes that have less integrity than an overfilled water balloon. Sometimes, they develop a "hole" and leak and re-seal, and sometimes they don't. Either way you need to tell your OB MD of this development as fetus' can get infected and die if the membranes are truly compromised. ...Read more
Polyhydramnios: Excess fluid is associated with preterm labor, preterm delivery, and increased incidence of breech presentation. However, most cases still end well. The more important question is, what is causing the increased fluid? The cause of the polyhydramnios is the most important issue. Your doctor will know what testing needs to be performed. The findings will determine how your pregnancy is managed. ...Read more