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What are the risks associated with amniocentesis?

What are the risks associated with amniocentesis?

Serious, infrequent: Amniocentesis involves inserting a long needle through the mom's abdominal wall, uterus, amniotic sac to obtain fluid. Risks include bleeding, infection, leaking of amniotic fluid, nicking placenta or cord or fetus, pregnancy loss. Those are minimized if expert performs ultrasound while experienced md inserts needle because there are risks, couple should weigh those against benefits of amnio info. ...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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What are the risks of an amniocentesis?

What are the risks of an amniocentesis?

Risks vs benefits!: The risks of amniocentesis include infection and bleeding, and miscarriage, i.e., losing the pregnancy. Pregnancy loss is not likely to occur, but it can. The question is: what will you do with the information you get? Many couples abort fetuses with chromosomal abnormalities - others do not. If you are sure you would not abort a fetus, the risk of having an amnio may not be worth it - to you. ...Read more

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What are the risks of genetic amniocentesis in twins?

Low, but....: Amniocentesis is invasive, and the risk of ruptured membranes, and possible miscarriage, is at the rate of 1/110-1/200. There is the risk of misinformation by not sampling one, or both, of the sacs, as well. ...Read more

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What are the risks of genetic amniocentiisis?

What are the risks of genetic amniocentiisis?

Low but severe.: 1/100-1/1, 000 women suffer any of the following after amniocentesis performed between 16-20 weeks: miscarriage, preterm birth, rupture of membranes, intrauterine infection, bleeding, injury to the fetus with the needle. Nowadays, non-invasive genetic testing is available (maternit21 by sequenom and others). ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with vbacs?

What are the risks associated with vbacs?

Uterine rupture: There is a small but extremely serious risk of uterine rupture (the incision on the uterus opening). This is why it is recommended that women vbac in hospitals where there is 24 hour a day in-house capablities to perform an emergency c-section rapidly. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with c-sections?

What are the risks associated with c-sections?

Generally low risk: In general the chance of any complication is low. The risks during the surgery are infection, bleeding, anesthetic complication, injury to the uterus, bladder or other internal organs. The risk for future pregnancies include scar tissue formation, uterine rupture during labor and placenta accrete (where the placenta grows into the outer muscular layer of the uterus). ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with an abortion?

What are the risks associated with an abortion?

Surgical Abortion: Risks include injury to the cervix/uterus, infection of the uterus/ fallopian tubes, uterine scarring or perforation, retained tissue, hemorrhage & adverse reaction to anesthesia. See: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002912.htm ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with organ donation?

What are  the risks associated with organ donation?

No: Everywhere that i know of, organ donation is an opt-in. In other words, the default position if you never make your wishes known is that your organs are left in your body. If you want them donated, you have to make your wishes known in order to donate them. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with oral sex and how large are they?

What are the risks associated with oral sex and how large are they?

Male or female?: Women bear more risks than men. In both sexes, transmission of herpes 1 or 2. Can be transmitted. More seriously, hiv, hepc and hepb, all of which are forever diseases. ...Read more