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How big is the needle used for an amniocentesis?

How big is the needle used for an amniocentesis?

See below: Depending on whether it has side ports and/or a catheter, the needle is 8-15 CM long and 20-21g (about 0.8-0.9 mm wide). ...Read more

Dr. Monica Popov
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Amniocentesis (Definition)

Amniocentesis is a procedure used to draw a sample of the amniotic fluid that surrounds and cushions the baby in the womb. This fluid contains cells that have been sloughed off of the developing fetus. Amniocentesis is most often used to detect genetic abnormalities, though the results can also reveal the baby's sex, gauge lung maturity (if done close to term), detect amniotic fluid infections, or ...Read more


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During amniocentesis do they stick the needle in the sac more than once?

During amniocentesis do they stick the needle in the sac more than once?

Not usually: When having an amniocentesis we use ultrasound to help us guide the needle into the correct area. Of course you have to consider experience when having an amniocentesis done. A physician with experience usually can perform an amniocentesis with one puncture. ...Read more

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I made a big mistake using a used needle someone clean with bleach. Will I be ok?

I made a big mistake using a used needle someone clean with bleach. Will I be ok?

Not OK: Using someone else's syringe, flushed or not, can expose you to blood borne infections such as hep B, hep C, and HIV. Suggest you see a doctor for testing. Post exposure prophylaxis may be effective if given immediately after the exposure. ...Read more

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When giving an epidural is there anything you can give me to take my mind off of a big needle going in my back because i'm terrified of needles?

When giving an epidural is there anything you can give me to take my mind off of a big needle going in my back because i'm terrified of needles?

Depends: If it is for labor, then no medication but explanation..... If it is not for labor like surgery or pain control, conscious sedation is an option. ...Read more

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I have constant pins and needles feeling in my big toe, any recommendations?

See a doctor: You may have a radiculopathy in your back, a compressed deep peroneal nerve, a small shoe, the beginings of neuropathy from something i.E diabetes (idiopathic neuropathy in 50% of cases). ...Read more

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My wife crushed a morphine pill and used a diabetic needle and inserted into her abdomen and a small lump was present now big 2 wks later?

My wife crushed a morphine pill and used a diabetic needle and inserted into her abdomen and a small lump was present now big 2 wks later?

It is essentially: a foreign body. Her body could be trying to wall it off or she could have an infection. It sounds like her drug use is out of control. Please encourage her to have this lump evaluated and to get into a good detox program. Take care. ...Read more

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I have a have a sharp needle like pain on the tip of my big toe. I went to the doctor and he used a silver nitrate stick on it. It still hurts.

I have a have a sharp needle like pain on the tip of my big toe. I went to the doctor and he used a silver nitrate stick on it. It still hurts.

Toe pain: Do you have anything else other than the pain? It is not clear from your post as to why silver nitrate was used. It's not used for pain. You do need an exam of your toe because without it, it's essentially impossible to arrive to a correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Popped a big blackhead on my nose now its red and its been a day.used a needle b4 school then tweezers and my finger.it bled.is it infected?

Popped a big blackhead on my nose now its red and its been a day.used a needle b4 school then tweezers and my finger.it bled.is it infected?

Probably: And that is not a good place for an infection. You need antibiotics. Might consider an inbox consultation. healthtap.com/DrJones YVCZAZ ...Read more

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Popped a big blackhead on my nose .used a needle b4 school then tweezers and my finger.it bled. and its red and its been a day is it infected?

Popped a big blackhead on my nose .used a needle b4 school then tweezers and my finger.it bled. and its red and its been a day is it infected?

Signs of Infection: If the site is increasingly swollen, warm to the touch and discharge is observed infection is possible. Can you provide a photo? I recommend seeing your local physician. ...Read more

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