Amniocentesis

Amniocentesis is a procedure where the amniotic fluid, which is the fluid that surrounds and protects the baby during pregnancy, is collected from the uterus for testing or treatment. It is used to diagnose fetal infections or for genetic testing or fetal lung testing. It is also used as a treatment for polyhydramnios (too much accumulation of amniotic fluid during pregnancy).

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Can you please interpret the results of my double marker test?

Query: Hi doctor, I want to know about the double marker test results. I am uploading the reports.  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and understand your concern. The result is in the high-risk zone, and the next test would be a quadruple test done after two weeks to check for risk of aneuploidies. For more information consult a...  Read Full »

Why does My fetus have a single umbilical artery in the ultrasound report?

Query: Hi doctor, A single umbilical artery is observed in 22nd week L2 pregnancy ultrasound. All other parameters are fine in relation to the growth of the fetus. I want to know how to deal with this. Can we go for amniocentesis or chromosome study? I also have a low-lying placenta with 15 cm distance fr...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Verma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your question and understand the concerns. A single umbilical artery can be associated with chromosomal anomalies, structural anomalies, or can be unassociated with any other anomaly. Since the previous child also had anterior abdominal wall defect, so...  Read Full »

Kindly provide an opinion on my NT scan and double marker test.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 12 weeks 3 days pregnant. I got my NT scan and double marker blood test results. NT value 1.7 mm at CRL of 52.6 mm, free beta hCG 1.29 MOM, PAPP-A 0.37 MOM, trisomy 21+NT risk 1:513, trisomy 21 1:214 and trisomy 13/18+NT. What is your opinion?  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The NT value (nuchal translucency) is normal as it is less than 2.5 mm, but the overall trisomy 21 risks being 1:214 and together risk 1:513. This ideally calls for a quadruple test after one week. If the cut-off bar in the graph is over the cut-off line, then it calls...  Read Full »

Are my ultrasound finding dangerous at 19 weeks pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 weeks pregnant. I went for my second level ultrasound and found out a cyst of size 7.0 mm in right choroid plexus, intracardiac echogenic focus in right ventricle and bilateral mild pelviectasis right renal pelvis is 3.0 mm and left 4.3 mm. Please advise what should be done. Is t...  Read Full »


Dr. Jimesh H Mavani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all understand clearly about the finding in your sonography and try to understand it. Choroid plexus cyst and intracardiac echogenic focus, when they are single, termed as isolated findings and mostly they go off as the pregnancy advanced. So, there is no pro...  Read Full »

What to do if my double marker test comes back abnormal?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 13 weeks pregnant. Last week, I underwent an NT scan report, and it was normal, and I gave a double marker blood test. Yesterday from the hospital, they called me for a blood test because the first report shows abnormal. I am so scared whether the second time the double marker test ...  Read Full »


Dr. Tinu Philip

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, congrats on your pregnancy. Let me clarify that double marker is only a screening test. It is not a confirmatory test. Double markers are not repeated if they are showing a high risk. So if the lab has asked for a second sample, it may be due to some o...  Read Full »

Can amniocentesis damage the baby's brain?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby born with left hemiathetosis dystonia. She has an amniocentesis scar. I would like to know if the baby's spine is penetrated by an amniocentesis needle. Can this lead to brain damage? Would it have to be in the head or neck? Many thanks.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If any damage occurs due to amniocentesis needle penetration, then the lesion is likely to affect only local neurons and not the distant ones. If the spine was penetrated beyond cervical nerves I do not think his brain will be affected. In case, it was brain or cervical ...  Read Full »

What should a pregnant woman's hCG value be during the 17th week?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 17 weeks pregnant. As per my quadruple marker screening report, I have 1:283 risk for trisomy 21. My hCG level is coming high in report 130958 mlU/mL. A blood sample is taken at 16 weeks 4 days of gestational age. Please have a look and advise me what to do further. Doctor to whom ...  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since you have a very low risk, I think you must repeat your beta hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) levels rather than the amniocentesis. However, if you want to be doubly sure, just go with the suggestion of your doctor. It is always better to get checked. Having gone t...  Read Full »

Is it safe to conceive at 40 years of age?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 40 years old woman. My husband is 53 years old. Since I married late, is it safe to conceive now or will I face any health issues? If safe, then when should I have sex to conceive at the earliest?  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is risk involved for conceiving at this age. Age-related screening is needed before conception even if you both are healthy and do not have any problem. As long waited oocytes (eggs) will be involved in conception, there are a few tests for conception at this age ...  Read Full »

What does mild ventriculomegaly in the fetus mean?

Query: Hi doctor,My antenatal USG done at 20 weeks of pregnancy showed mild ventriculomegaly of 9.2 mm at the level of the atria of the lateral ventricles of the fetus. Also, I am having hypothyroidism with mild hypertension. The rest of the USG is normal. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Garima Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. My suggestion is to consult a fetal medicine specialist and gather further knowledge on amniocentesis to rule out any genetic issue. If the report of amniocentesis comes out to be normal, then there is no further concern. Hypothyroidism under control with medication is n...  Read Full »

What does amniocentesis mean?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is 27 years old and 13 weeks pregnant now. As per suggestion from doctor, we went for a double marker test. It is found that trisomy 21 + NT risk is 1:86 and doctor suggested for amniocentesis procedure. Now I am confused and do not know what to do. My wife scared that the proce...  Read Full »


Dr. Gowrimeena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the information you have given, the risk of having a baby with chromosomal problem that is trisomy 21 or Down's syndrome is 1:86. I believe you would have received detailed counseling about this condition prior to and after going through the screening test. ...  Read Full »

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