What Is Amniocentesis?

    Amniocentesis is typically performed after 16 weeks of gestation

    Amniocentesis is another type of prenatal test in which a sample of amniotic fluid is removed from the uterus. Amniotic fluid is the watery fluid that surrounds and protects a baby throughout gestation. The amniotic fluid contains various fetal cells.

    Why and when is amniocentesis done?

    Amniocentesis is done for a variety of reasons, including:

    • Genetic testing
    • Fetal lung testing
    • Diagnosis of fetal infection
    • Treatment of excess amniotic fluid
    • Paternity testing

    Amniocentesis is typically performed after 16 weeks of gestation.

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