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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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Can you tell me if my child has klinefelter's syndrome should I have an amniocentesis?

Can you tell me if my child has klinefelter's syndrome should I have an amniocentesis?

Confusing question: Amniocentesis with chromosome analysis can determine specifically if the fetus does or does not have klinefelter or another chromosomal disorder. An ultrasound can sometimes have findings that suggest the issue, but it is not as specific. ...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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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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I have heard that pregnant woman after 35 must do amniocentesis. I am 34 and i will be 34 when i deliver baby.Do i need amniocentesis necessarily?

Information, not Rqd: The risk of a chromosomal abnormality in any pregnancy increases from a low in the early 20's to a bit< 1% around 35. No one is required to get an amniocentesis, but many want to prepare for that possibility if they could be having a down syndrome or other chromosome defect. Several metabolic diseases can also be detected. It is information some want & some don't.You have a choice. ...Read more

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When is it safe to orgasm after having an amniocentesis (had amino on twins, FYI)?

When is it safe to orgasm after having an amniocentesis (had amino on twins, FYI)?

Ask you OB MD: You need to ask your OB MD this question as I don't know how far along you are in the pregnancy nor when the procedure was performed. Orgasm can initiate uterine contractions in pregnant patients and even have been known to start early labor in multiple gestations. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to find a ob doc that would do a has anyone lost there baby with amniocentesis test 4 DNA reasons?

Can you tell me how to find a ob doc that would do a has anyone lost there baby with amniocentesis test 4 DNA reasons?

Amniocentesis Safety: Rate of loss from amniocentesis is often quoted anywhere between 1/300 to 1/500 and often it has to do with the reason why the amniocentesis is done...If there's suspicion for infection or a genetic problem...The fetus may already be predisposed to stillbirth which could be wrongfully blamed on the amniocentesis. More likely to get fluid leakage with amniocentesis (1%) than fetal loss. ...Read more

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My quad results showed I have a 1:454 of having a child with Down's Syndrome. Should I have an amniocentesis performed? I am currently living in China and my doctor recommended I get the amniocentesis but I am not sure I should since the risk for DS is so

Amnio has risks too.: Only you can make a decision regarding your pregnancy, but how will the results of the test alter your decision to carry pregnancy to term? Will it affect you ability to bond with your unborn baby? Overall lifetime risk of DS is 1:800 but slightly less in women under 30 and significantly higher after age 40,, so your risk is still low. www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/amniocentesis/basics/ ...Read more

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I had an amniocentesis which was normal, but the baby appears to have a cleft palate on ultrasound. Why wasn't this detected on the amnio?

This is common: Amniocentesis will not show most cleft fetuses because we don't know the gene problem most of the time. In fact, even very sopisticated gene testing will show the genetic causes of cleft lip and palate less than 20% of the time. This field is still very young! ...Read more

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Should I get betamethasone shots if my amniocentesis tests showed my baby will have lung problems?

Should I get betamethasone shots if my amniocentesis tests showed my baby will have lung problems?

Talk to your MD: If you are close to delivery or a c-section your OB may recommend this treatment to help your child. If you still have time to wait the baby may mature on his/her own. Talk to your OB about your case. ...Read more

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Does noninvasive prenatal testing(cfDNA )capture baby's genetic defects?Is amniocentesis better for more accurate results? Im 31&12 weeks pregnant.

Some and yes: The cf-DNA can detect many genetic anomalies but it is not 100% and when positive is usually confirmed by an amniocentesis for a full karyotype. The amniocentesis is the gold standard for detecting genetic anomalies . Sampling of the placental tissue _ ie: chorionic villus sampling would be comparable to an amniocentesis and can be performed earlier in the pregnancy. ...Read more