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PRENATAL SCREENING

- AMNIOCENTESIS

    

 

 

Prenatal screening are medical techniques used to diagnose foetal abnormalities during pregnancy. Most common disorders are sickle cell anaemia and Down syndrome.

 

What is amniocentesis ?

   

Amniocentesis is a prenatal test that tells you about possible baby defects during pregnancy, from a sample of amniotic fluid, the liquid that surrounds the baby.

 

Should I take this test ?

 

Patients whose foetus presents a high risk of malformation should take an " amnio ".

 

This concerns mainly :

- couples with sickle cell anaemia

- pregnant women around age 40.

 

How is the test conducted ?

 

A small amount of amniotic fluid is withdrawn from the sac of fluid around the baby (no general anaesthesia is required). The fluid is then quickly sent to a cytogenetics center for analysis.

 

Testing screens against common disorders of the foetus, such as :

- sickle cell anaemia (SS)

- chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome.

 

When will I get the result ?

 

It will take 2 to 3 weeks to have the analysis done.

 

 

Last checked : 27/11/2017

 

 

 

 

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