Diagnostic tests are designed to examine the chromosomes of the pregnancy and therefore provide definitive information about whether or not the pregnancy has a chromosome condition. Amniocentesis is a procedure used to obtain fetal cells to diagnose a chromosome condition such as Down Syndrome during pregnancy.
Amniocentesis is a procedure used to diagnose Down syndrome and other chromosome conditions during pregnancy. This test is usually performed after the 15th week of pregnancy. During the test, the doctor inserts a needle through the abdomen and removes a small amount of amniotic fluid that surrounds the fetus. The fluid is then used to examine the chromosomes from the pregnancy. Amniocentesis detects >99.9% of structural or numerical chromosome abnormalities such as Down syndrome, trisomy 13, and trisomy 18. The test is associated with a 1/1200-1600 or 0.08-0.06% risk of miscarriage. Amniocentesis is also able to detect 98%-99.5% of spina bifida and anencephaly. It is not able to detect all types of birth defects or mental retardation.
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