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Running head: AMNIOCENTESIS 1 Amniocentesis Nathan Aime American Military University SCI 132 Professor Brinson June 22, 2011 Amniocentesis
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AMNIOCENTESIS Amniocentesis is a diagnostic test that a health care provider could recommend after a triple test result is abnormal. Some parents are led by concerns of genetic or inherited disorders and have chosen amniocentesis as a way to determine if any specific genetic problems are occurring with their baby. Amniocentesis is performed using an ultrasound to guide the needle to a safe location to penetrate the amniotic sac in order to remove the fluid. The needle collects a sample of the amniotic fluid. This procedure takes around forty-five minutes to perform, but collecting the fluid usually takes five minutes or less. The fetus sheds cells into the amniotic fluid, which is then sent to be analyzed in the laboratory. It could take somewhere between a few days to a couple of weeks for the results to be returned. Amniocentesis usually is performed sometime between fourteen and twenty weeks. Amniocentesis can be performed at some medical facilities as early as eleven weeks. There are a few reasons for using amniocentesis later in the
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This note was uploaded on 01/08/2012 for the course BUSN 310 taught by Professor Alex during the Spring '11 term at American Public University.

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