Amniocentesis

Alternate Names

  • Amniotic Fluid Analysis

A thin needle is passed through the abdominal wall into the uterus, and your doctor will withdraw amniotic fluid for testing. The amniotic fluid will then be examined and analyzed to determine the maturity of the baby, the baby's gender, chromosome abnormalities, inherited diseases, Rh factor, neural tube defects, or fetal distress. The test results can take up to two weeks to return from the lab.

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