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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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My daughter is 13 year old and she pregnant is it safe for her and her baby to have a amniocentesis?

My daughter is 13 year old and she pregnant is it safe for her and her baby to have a amniocentesis?

Best answered by OB: The individual health issues of any patient determine the safety of a given procedure. A 13 yo is probably better able to tolerate this procedure than many that will need it if her basic health is good. Her treating physician is best able to sort out the specifics of her case. ...Read more

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Had mc earlier this year now 6 wks pregnant taking hormone suppositories twice daily &baby aspirin daily. Is it safe for me to have amniocentesis?

Had mc earlier this year now 6 wks pregnant taking hormone suppositories twice daily &baby aspirin daily. Is it safe for me to have amniocentesis?

"Two" soon: It is too soon to do amniocentesis and would risk miscarriage and defeat the progesterone suppositories use to retain the pregnancy. If you still have concerns, talk to your OB MD about chorionic villus sampling later in the first trimester if there is a medical or genetic reason for determining the use of the procedure. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get an amniocentesis?

Is it safe to get an amniocentesis?

Yes: There are 2 main reasons amniocentesis is done. Genetic amnio is done at 16-18 weeks, testing for down's or other chromosome problems. There is a 1 in 3-400 chance that you could lose a pregnancy because of it. The other reason is to test for the baby's lung ability to breathe well. This is generally done between 35-38+ weeks. The only risks are that you might deliver. ...Read more

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Is amniocentesis a safe enough procedure to be performed even when risk of Down syndrome per marker tests is low ?

AMNIOCENTESIS: Amniocentesis is a safe procedure under the hands of an expert. Your OB should know when it is necessary. ...Read more

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Is amniocentesis on twins safe?

Relatively.....: 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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When is it safe to resume power walking after an amniocentesis?

24-48 hours: Generally, mild activities can be resumed within 24-48 hours of the amniocentesis as long as there is no discomfort. ...Read more

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Can amniocentesis be used to see if a baby will have multiple sclerosis?

Can amniocentesis be used to see if a baby will have multiple sclerosis?

No: Unaware of any research or tests available that would provide a crystal ball for a baby's chance of acquiring childhood or adult MS ...Read more

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Can amniocentesis tell whether or not a baby will have multiple sclerosis?

Can amniocentesis tell whether or not a baby will have multiple sclerosis?

No: An amniocentesis can tell if the number of chromosomes are correct and sometimes look for a specific genetic condition. Multiple sclerosis is a condition called an autoimmune condition. This means that over the time the body begins to attack its own cells because it views them as foreign, like an infection. There is not a test to determine if this will happen or not at this time. ...Read more

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