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Unformatted text preview: bifida and anencephaly are both examples of this at varying extremes. Spina bifida is an incomplete fusion of the coverings over the spinal column and anencephaly is an incomplete development of the head. Though this is much safer for the fetus than doing direct biopsy though the chorionic villus, as available earlier in the pregnancy, or by taking a cord blood sample by placing a biopsy needle through the umbilical wall, there are inherit risks to the mother and the fetus as will occur with any procedure in pregnancy. Risk include, but are not limited to infection, bleeding, injury to the fetus or surrounding tissue, premature labor and delivery, incomplete lung development and respiratory distress, jaundice of the newborn (elevated bilirubin), Rh disease, and death. Exposure to RH antigens in this pregnancy can lead to immune attack on future pregnancies. These risk are rare, but real....
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- Spring '12
- Obstetrics, Spina Bifida, amniotic fluid