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Learning Issue: Amniocentesis-MH Technique: Amniocentesis is normally carried out at 15 to 17 weeks of gestation, but can be offered at 12-14 weeks. It is almost always performed under the guidance of ultrasonography. A needle is inserted transcutaneously through the abdominal wall into the amniotic cavity, and fluid is removed. Neat Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZcGpjyOXt0 Indications: Amniocentesis for prenatal diagnosis of genetic diseases is an extremely useful tool in the following circumstances or class of patients: 1. Maternal age 35 years or above 2. Previous chromosomally abnormal child 3. Three or more spontaneous abortions 4. Patient or husband with chromosome abnormality 5. Family history of chromosome anomaly 6. Possible female carrier of H-linked disease 7. Metabolic disease risk 8. Neural tube defect risk 9. Positive second trimester maternal serum screen Amniocentesis is normally carried out at 15 to 17 weeks of gestation, but can be offered at 12-14 weeks.
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