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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 nasal bone length be an indicator of Down's syndrome?

Query: Hi doctor, My quadruple test is normal. After 23 weeks of gestation, I took an anomaly scan, which shows 3.6 mm nasal bone. Is the nasal bone underdeveloped? What are the chances of Down's syndrome? We do not want to get an amniocentesis test done as it increases the chance of miscarriage. Previousl...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The nasal bone thickness is relevant only between 11 to 13 weeks pregnant scan where it should be less than 0.08 inches. Nasal bone thickness at 23 weeks gestation is irrelevant. If the quadruple test shows low risk of Down's syndrome, then amniocentesis (a test used to ...  Read Full »

My wife is pregnant with second baby with an echogenic focus in heart. Kindly help

Query: Hi doctor, My wife has a blood pressure of 100/80 mm of Hg and weighs 61.9 kg. She is 16 weeks and four days pregnant with a second baby. Our first child is 8 years old girl and had a normal delivery. During the ultrasound, the echogenic focus was seen in the left ventricle. Is there any risk of dow...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. In approximately one out of every 20 to 30 pregnancies, an echogenic focus is seen in a second-trimester ultrasound. These are bright spots in the heart and could be one or multiple. However, it is primarily due to calcium deposits in the pap...  Read Full »

Please review my NT and double marker reports.

Query: Hello doctor, I was recommended for NIPT, early TIFA scan and then amniocentesis if needed. Here are my NT and double marker reports. Kindly interpret the real risk level for me and what should be the next step ahead if there is any concern. My blood sample for the double marker was collected at eig...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepali Raina

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), the risk is relatively high for you. But, it does not mean that the baby has Down's syndrome. Amniocentesis is the next step for your for confirmation. If money is a concern, you can wait for another ...  Read Full »

Can the same blood group cause problems after marriage?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife's and mine blood groups are the same. Both of our blood group is B. Will there be any problem in our married life?  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are two major blood group systems. ABO - According to this system, the blood group can be A, B, O, or AB. Rh system - According to this system, the blood group can be Rh positive or negative. You have not mentioned the Rh grouping. You both have the same blo...  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. Down's ...  Read Full »

Can pregnancy be terminated in the 28th week?

Query: Hi doctor, I am in my late 6th month pregnancy. Recently I went for a scan named targeted imaging for fetal anomalies (TIFFA). All the reports were normal except hypoplastic nasal bone and higher normal values of amniotic fluid. I am approaching you for second consultation now. My questions are, wha...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have thoroughly gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concerns. We can better comment on the outcome after getting the results of the amniocentesis. Even if it is Down's syndrome, people usually go for keeping the fetus alive and they go fo...  Read Full »

Other than ultrasound, how can Down's syndrome be diagnosed?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 26 weeks pregnant. Yesterday, I went for an ultrasound scan named targeted imaging for fetal anomalies. Other than hypoplasia of nasal bone, everything is normal. I need an expert opinion regarding advanced tests of ultrasound or amniocentesis, karyotyping or any ultrasound scan to c...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) in toto. At 26 weeks period of gestation, the overall growth of the fetus is fine. But the concern here is hypoplastic nasal bone seen in the second trimester TIFFA (targeted imaging for f...  Read Full »

What is the risk of baby being born with Down's syndrome?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife underwent double marker test. Results are as follows. Please tell me if there is any risk factor regarding the pregnancy. Her age is 31 years. PAPP-A : 0.35 MoM, fb-hCG 2.14 MoM, age risk 1:743, biochemical T21 risk 1:54, combined trisomy 21 risk 1:226, trisomy 13/18 + NT.  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Khurana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, there is a risk of the baby being born with Down's syndrome. To confirm it, there is a test called chorionic villus sampling, where the sample of the placenta is taken, and chromosomal analysis is done to rule out trisomy 21, 18, and 13, which are abnormal chrom...  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 Zachariah

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 ot...  Read Full »

The fetus has been diagnosed with clubfoot. Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor, I am in my 18th week of pregnancy. The fetus has been diagnosed with clubfoot when I went for an anomaly scan on the 16th week. There is no other anomaly diagnosed so far. Please let me know if I have to undergo amniocentesis to rule out other associated anomalies. If I am not wrong, I ha...  Read Full »


Dr. Jyoti Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Clubfoot (twisted foot) is not an uncommon anomaly and its prognosis is good. It means, it is correctable in most cases. Amniocentesis is an invasive procedure. If you have already undergone biochemical markers like a dual marker or triple test and they are negative, the...  Read Full »

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