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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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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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Is it dangerous to have cvs or amniocentesis?

Is it dangerous to have cvs or amniocentesis?

No: This is a personal decision. The risk of losing a pregnancy because of cvs is about 1/100. The risk of losing a pregnancy because of an amnio is 1/500. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of amniocentesis vs. Cvs?

Fewer complications: While both tests are very accurate, a cvs has a higher miscarriage rate than an amnio. ...Read more

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Why is it important to do cvs or amniocentesis?

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. ...Read more

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Is a cvs a higher risk procedure than amniocentesis?

Yes, if: Depending on when the amnio is done; if done at 16-18 weeks, the amnio risk is somewhat lower (around 1/200.). ...Read more

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How do I decide whether to have amniocentesis or cvs?

Personal decision: Your decision should be based on your age-related risk for chromosomal problems (higher the older you are), how important it is to you to get early information, and how much risk you are willing to take in finding out the information. Generally cvs will give you information one month before an amnio but has a risk of miscarriage triple that of an amnio. ...Read more

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Colonized with gbs. Do I need antibiotics before, during and after cvs? Should I choose amniocentesis instead?

Invasive prenatal: Choosing to undergo invasive prenatal testing is an important decision and one best had with a perinatologist. The timing, whether to do early testing with CVS, later testing with amniocentesis or even nowadays we like to use noninvasive testing with free fetal DNA which poses no risk to fetus, will ultimately depend on what you are trying to test for. ...Read more

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How can I prevent having a miscarriage as a result of amniocentesis or cvs?

Follow instructions: No matter what you do, there is always a risk of miscarriage following these procedures. Most doctors who perform them will tell you to limit your activity for 24-48 hours after the procedure. Make sure to follow all instructions you are given to minimize the risk of miscarriage. ...Read more

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Which of the two tests are better? Or are recommended ? Amniocentesis or cvs (chorionic villus sampling )? No past history of any health problems.

It depends.: CVS is generally thought to have a slightly higher miscarriage rate than amniocentesis, but this may not be the case everywhere. For mor e information check this link: http://www.babycenter.com/0_chorionic-villus-sampling-cvs_328.bc?page=4#articlesection8 ...Read more