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Can you tell me if my child has klinefelter's syndrome should I have an amniocentesis?

Can you tell me if my child has klinefelter's syndrome should I have an amniocentesis?

Confusing question: Amniocentesis with chromosome analysis can determine specifically if the fetus does or does not have klinefelter or another chromosomal disorder. An ultrasound can sometimes have findings that suggest the issue, but it is not as specific. ...Read more

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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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I am 24, and my tests indicate i'm at high risk having a Down syndrome baby. Should I have the amniocentesis?

I am 24, and my tests indicate i'm at high risk having a Down syndrome baby.  Should I have the amniocentesis?

Depends: Anyone is at risk for a baby with down syndrome. If testing shows that you are at high risk, the risks of having a baby with down synedrome are higher than the risk of pregnancy loss. The loss with amniocentesis is only 1 in 1600 in experienced hands. The only way to know whether your baby is affected or not is to have an amniocentesis. ...Read more

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My quad results showed I have a 1:454 of having a child with Down's Syndrome. Should I have an amniocentesis performed? I am currently living in China and my doctor recommended I get the amniocentesis but I am not sure I should since the risk for DS is so

My quad results showed I have a 1:454 of having a child with Down's Syndrome. Should I have an amniocentesis performed? I am currently living in China and my doctor recommended I get the amniocentesis but I am not sure I should since the risk for DS is so

Amnio has risks too.: Only you can make a decision regarding your pregnancy, but how will the results of the test alter your decision to carry pregnancy to term? Will it affect you ability to bond with your unborn baby? Overall lifetime risk of DS is 1:800 but slightly less in women under 30 and significantly higher after age 40,, so your risk is still low. www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/amniocentesis/basics/ ...Read more

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Should I have cvs or amniocentesis?

Should I have cvs or amniocentesis?

Maybe: CVS and amniocentesis are tests that some patients will choose to have to help get a diagnosis. They allow testing of the baby's genes and help diagnosis genetic defects. These tests are not done routinely on everyone but rather on those who are at high risk for genetic diseases. Age > 35 or an abnormal blood test for Down syndrome would be examples of those who might consider this. ...Read more

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What is amniocentesis?

What is amniocentesis?

Amnio is a procedure: Amniocentesis is the procedure during which a long, slim needle is inserted through the prenant woman's abdominal and uterine walls and through the membranes of the amniotic sac, and fluid is aspirated/drawn into a syringe attached to that needle. Fluid can be studied for chromosomes (karyotype) or special genetic disorders, for infection, for lung maturity and for other conditions of baby or mom. ...Read more

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What is amniocentesis like?

What is amniocentesis like?

Like an ultrasound..: Its like getting an ultrasound of your baby. While doing the ultrasound, the doctor looks for a pocket of amniotic fluid. Under direct visualization with the ultrasound, the needle is inserted into the fluid pocket. Amniotic fluid is withdrawn. The needle is removed. Its usually not more painful than a flu shot. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can I refuse an amniocentesis?

Yes: No body can do any test on you that you do not feel comfortable with. ...Read more

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How risky is an amniocentesis?

How risky is an amniocentesis?

Has risks: All procedures have risks and benefits. Refer to provider for their risk ratio. ...Read more

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How accurate is amniocentesis?

Very accurate: An amniocentesis samples the fetal dna from amniotic fluid. Because the test is sampling the baby's dna directly the test is extremely accurate. ...Read more

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What is an amniocentesis like?

Not too bad: Amniocentesis at 18-20 weeks feels like a cramping sensation. A little bit of pain, but fleeting. Amniocentesis at term hardly feels painful at all as the uterus is so stretched. ...Read more