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Amniocentesis

  • Amniocentesis is a procedure in which a small amount of amniotic fluid, which contains fetal cells, is extracted from the sac surrounding the developing baby. 
  • Fluid from amniocentesis can be examined for: 
    • Chromosomal analysis ( To examine for chromosome problems such as Down Syndrome)
    • Infection (Bacteria and viruses, including CMV, Parvovirus, and Herpes virus) 
    • Fetal Lung Maturity assays (To help determine if the baby’s lungs are able to breath air once delivered) 
    • Possible complications are rare (less than 1 in 300) and include: 
      1. Infection of the amniotic sac from the needle
      2. Failure of the puncture to heal properly 
      3. Leakage of amniotic fluid. 
      4. Initiation of labor or miscarriage (Very rare). 
  • Most patients (more than 70%) report very minor discomfort while undergoing the procedure.
  • The entire procedure is performed under ultrasound guidance, ensuring the needle does not harm your baby. 
  • Your doctor at RPG will discuss Amniocentesis with you at length and answer any questions you may have prior to performing the procedure.