Amniocentesis

Amniocentesis (also referred to as amniotic fluid test or AFT) is a medical procedure used in prenatal diagnosis of chromosomal abnormalities and fetal infections, in which a small amount of amniotic fluid, which contains fetal tissues, is sampled from the amnion or amniotic sac surrounding a developing fetus, and the fetal DNA is examined for genetic abnormalities.Developed by Richard Dedrick, This process can be used for prenatal sex discernment and hence this procedure has legal restrictions in some countries.

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Amniocentesis and Stem Cells
... A potential benefit of using amniotic stem cells over those obtained from embryos is that they side-step ethical concerns among pro-life activists by obtaining pluripotent lines of undifferentiated cells without harm to a fetus or destruction of an embryo ... These stem cells would also, if used to treat the same individual they came from, sidestep the donor/recipient issue which has so far stymied all attempts to use donor-derived stem cells in therapies ...
Prenatal Diagnosis - Invasiveness
... amniocentesis, which can be done from about 14 weeks gestation, and usually up to about 20 weeks, and chorionic villus sampling, which can be done earlier (between 9.5 and 12.5 weeks gestation) but which may ... carries a signi´Čücantly higher risk, compared with a second trimester amniocentesis, of total pregnancy loss (relative risk 1.40 95% confidence interval 1.09 to 1.81) and spontaneous miscarriage (9.4 ...
Obstetricians - Prenatal Care - Antenatal Record
... Amniocentesis, which is usually performed between 15 and 20 weeks, to check for Down's Syndrome, other chromosome abnormalities or other conditions in the fetus, is sometimes offered to women who are at ... Even earlier than amniocentesis is performed, the mother may undergo the triple test, nuchal screening, nasal bone, alpha-fetoprotein screening and Chorionic villus sampling, also to ... Amniocentesis is a prenatal genetic screening of the fetus, which involves inserting a needle through the mother's abdominal wall and uterine wall, to extract fetal DNA from the amniotic fluid ...
Anophthalmia - Prenatal Diagnosis - Amniocentesis
... It is possible to diagnose prenatally with amniocentesis, but it may not show a correct negative result ... Amniocentesis can only diagnose anophthalmia when there is a chromosomal abnormality ...
Down Syndrome - Prenatal Testing
... Genetic counseling along with genetic testing, such as amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling (CVS), or percutaneous umbilical cord blood sampling (PUB ... the fetus having Down syndrome, the woman is offered a diagnosis test (amniocentesis, CVS, PUB) ... those of advanced age, choose to go directly to amniocentesis or CVS ...