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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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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 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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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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