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Amniocentesis

 
 
     
 
 

 
 
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Keywords

Amniocentesis, amniotic fluid, amniotic sac, placenta, pregnancy, genetic diseases, Down Syndrome, trisomy 18, trisomy 21, Chorionic villus sampling, CVS, alpha-fetoprotein, human chorionic gonadotropin, estriol, genetic amniocentesis, fetus

Overview *

Amniocentesis is a test sometimes done during pregnancy that looks for birth defects and genetic problems in the developing baby. At your first prenatal visit, your healthcare provider will test for a number of things, including problems with your blood, signs of infections, and whether you are immune to rubella (German measles) and chickenpox.

Throughout your pregnancy, your healthcare provider may suggest a number of other tests, too. Some tests are suggested for all women, such as screenings for gestational diabetes, Down syndrome, and HIV. Other tests might be offered based on your:
- Age
- Personal or family health history
- Ethnic background
- Results of routine tests

Some tests are screening tests. They detect risks for or signs of possible health problems in you or your baby. Based on screening test results, your doctor might suggest diagnostic tests. Diagnostic tests confirm or rule out health problems in you or your baby.

 
 

In-Depth

Introduction | Pregnancy
Indications | Alternatives
Procedure | After the Test
Risks | Results
Conclusion

 
 

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This patient education program explains amniocentesis. It discusses the indications, alternative tests, procedure, benefits and risks and what to expect afterward.

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Last reviewed: 3/11/2008

 
     
 

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