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Amniocentesis

Amniocentesis - Symptoms

Amniocentesis - How to prevent?

Amniocentesis - Diagnosis

Amniocentesis - Treatments

WHY IS AMNIOCENTESIS NECESSARY ?

The majority of amniocentesis are done for the detection of chromosomal disorders. Chromosomes carry genes that pass certain characteristics from parents to their children. When there are too many or too few chromosomes or there is a defect in a chromosome, birth defects can occur.

Down Syndrome is the most common chromosomal disorder.

It causes mental retardation and other health problems such as heart defects. Other less common chromosomal disorders may lead to serious handicaps and death.

WHEN IS AMNIOCENTESIS PERFORMED?

Amniocentesis is usually performed between 16th to 20th week of pregnancy.


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