Amniocentesis Test

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Discover Neural Tube Defects
Discover Genetic Conditions
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Amniocentesis is a test carried out during pregnancy to diagnose any problems or serious health conditions your baby has developed or could develop. Amniocentesis is used to diagnose many different conditions.

Do you need an amniocentesis?

If your baby has a higher than normal chance of developing birth defects or other problems, you may want to have an amniocentesis. The following risk factors can increase the chances of health problems in your baby:

  • You are aged 35 years or older.
  • There is a history of inherited disorders in your family.
  • Other screening tests, such as the combined first trimester screening test or the non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT), have shown the baby may have health problems. An amniocentesis can provide a clear diagnosis.

Talk to your doctor about whether an amniocentesis is right for you.

The risk of miscarriage after an amniocentesis increases to somewhere between 1 in 100 and 1 in 200 depending on the individual mother’s circumstances.

What happens during an amniocentesis?

Amniocentesis is usually carried out during weeks 15 to 20 of pregnancy. A needle is used to draw out about 20mL of amniotic fluid, the fluid that surrounds the baby in the uterus (womb). The doctor uses an ultrasound to guide the needle at all times. Amniotic fluid contains cells shed from the baby that can be examined and tested for a number of conditions.

Every baby cell in the amniotic fluid contains a complete set of the baby’s DNA. This provides information that can be used to diagnose any health or inherited problems the baby could develop.

What does an amniocentesis show?

Amniocentesis can be used to diagnose a range of potential problems.

Chromosomal conditions

Chromosomal conditions affect the chromosomes (parts of the body’s cells that carry genes). Some examples of chromosomal conditions include:

  • Down syndrome — a condition that affects a person’s physical appearance, mental development and learning ability; it is the result of an extra chromosome, known as trisomy-21.
  • Edwards syndrome — a condition that causes severe physical and mental abnormalities; it is also the result of an extra chromosome, known as trisomy-18.
  • Patow syndrome — a rare but serious condition where babies rarely survive for more than a few days; it is the result of an extra chromosome, known as trisomy-13.

Blood disorders

Amniocentesis can also be used to check for inherited blood disorders, such as:

  • Sickle cell anaemia — a condition where red blood cells (which carry oxygen around the body) are an unusual shape and texture.
  • Thalassaemia — a condition that affects the body’s ability to create red blood cells.
  • Haemophilia — a condition that affects the blood’s ability to clot.

Neural tube defects

Amniocentesis can test for neural tube defects. The neural tube is the tissue in early pregnancy that eventually develops into the spine and nervous system.

A neural tube defect can lead to conditions such as spina bifida, which can cause learning difficulties and paralysis (weakness) of the lower limbs.

Musculoskeletal disorders

Amniocentesis is used to diagnose conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system (the bones and muscles), such as muscular dystrophy. Muscular dystrophy is an inherited condition that causes muscles to gradually weaken, resulting in an increasing level of disability.

Other genetic conditions

Amniocentesis can also help diagnose a number of genetic conditions, such as Marfan syndrome, a condition that affects the body’s connective tissues which hold all the body’s cells, organs and tissue together.

After an amniocentesis

Some women have mild cramping and lose a small amount of blood and/or amniotic fluid through the vagina after the procedure. This usually clears up without treatment over 24 to 48 hours.

Call your doctor immediately if you notice:

  • severe pain or cramping
  • persistent back pain or abdominal pain (lasting more than a few hours)
  • fever or chills
  • vaginal bleeding, or fluid leaking from your vagina

You will receive the results about 2 weeks after the amniocentesis. Most women’s results are normal, but if there is any problem your obstetrician or a genetic counsellor (a healthcare professional trained in genetics) will talk to you and arrange any special care you or your baby may need.

Amniocentesis is a test carried out during pregnancy to diagnose any problems or serious health conditions your baby has developed or could develop. Amniocentesis is used to diagnose many different conditions.

How It Works

If you are interested in the Amniocentesis Test, you should speak with us or message us so that we can connect you to a professional service provider near you.

Discover all about the risk of a number of chromosomal conditions, blood disorders, neutral tube defects and genetic conditions.

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Ultrasound Scan
Discover Any Chromosomal Conditions
Discover Blood Disorders
Discover Neural Tube Defects
Discover Genetic Conditions
Discover Musculoskeletal disorders
Best for Mother 35 Years Old
Access to Safe Motherhood Program
Milestones achivement rewards and awards
My Health Chat Points: 500
Free delivery in Lagos City*
For orders > ₦15,000
Quality Assurance
For all products in store
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