A Brief Discussion on Amniocentesis and its Complications

Author(s): Ehsan Kamani

Amniocentesis( also appertained to as an amniotic fluid test or, informally, an” amnio”) is a medical procedure (note 1) used primarily in antenatal opinion of chromosomal abnormalities and fetal infections as well as for coitus determination. In this procedure, a thin needle is fitted into the tummy of the pregnant woman. The needle punctures the amnion, which is the membrane that surrounds the developing fetus. The fluid within the amnion is called amniotic fluid, and because this fluid surrounds the developing fetus, it contains fetal cells. The amniotic fluid is tried , and the DNA within the collected fetal cells is tested for inheritable abnormalities.