Working with Mother and Doctor for a Healthy Delivery

Genetic amniocentesis, fetal surgery or treatment

  • 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.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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