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Is the amnio test painless ?

Is the amnio test painless ?

No.: Mild cramping and significant emotional stress are typical aroudn/after amniocentesis. Most operators do not use local anesthesia as its administration would hurt more than the amniocentesis itself. Take some tylenol (acetaminophen) right before the procedure to numb the colicky cramps that follow. Risk of loss of pregnancy is between 1% and 1/1000 cases. ...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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How do I prepare for my amnio?

How do I prepare for my amnio?

Read re risks, rest: Plan ahead. Take the day off work to relax before and after the procedure. Arrange for a sitter to watch the kids so they need not go with you. Find a friend to drive you and perhaps take you to eat afterward. Above all, discuss with partner, ob, genetics counselor. In advance, the risks/benefits of having the amnniocentesis and what you might do with the information. See my other answers on amnio. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to do an amnio?

No: It is a personal decision. Some patients want to know with 100% certainty whether or not the baby has a chromosomal problem and would terminate a pregnancy if it had such a problem. Some patients do not want to risk losing a normal pregnancy because of the amnio and would not terminate the pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is an amniocentesis (amnio)?

What is an amniocentesis (amnio)?

Needling procedure.: Amnioparacentesis in greek (amnio for short) is a prenatal invasive diagnostic genetic procedure devised to glean information from the pregnancy sac with small risk. It is used to determine fetal dna make-up, mutations, anemia, infections, open neural tube or abdominal wall defects. It is typically done 16-22 weeks by maternal-fetal or genetic specialists; complications occur in 1:100-1:1, 000. ...Read more

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Are all amnio tests sent away for testing?

Not all.: At baylor college of medicine, we are privileged to have one of the preeminent genetics departments in the United States, so our amniocentesis results are all obtained in-house. Most practices, however, do need to send the amniotic fluid specimens they collect to outside genetics laboratories. Keep in mind that tests such as sequenom's maternit21 will render amniocenteses obsolete pretty soon. ...Read more

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How can I decide whether I should get an amnio?

Talk to your doctor: You should talk to your doctor to discuss the purpose of the procedure and the risks and benefits of the procedure. It is also helpful to ask your doctor if there are alternative tests that can give you the same or similar information. ...Read more

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When do you first go for amnio if advanced age?

When do you first go for amnio if advanced age?

Traditionally >35.: In the past, when amniocentesis was associated with a 1% risk of complications, the risk of loss was the same as the risk for down syndrome at 35 years of age. Nowadays, the risk from the amniocentesis is probably closer to 1/1, 000 and amnio is an option for all women after counseling. Additionally, non-invasive prenatal diagnosis is now available (maternit21 by sequenom) and will replace amnios. ...Read more

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Not sure whether to undergo amnio. Who could I ask?

Genetic counselor!: Consult with your family, obstetrician and genetic counselor! non-invasive options for prenatal diagnosis are now available that do not carry the risks of amniocentesis. Ultimately this is a personal choice that nobody else can make for you (nor judge). ...Read more

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How long does it take to get back results of amnio?

How long does it take to get back results of amnio?

1-14 days.: Fish results are usually back within 24 hours, but are not the final results. The final report should be ready within 10-14 days but may take up to 20 days in some cases. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more