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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 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 my double marker blood test indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 12 weeks 5 days pregnant. I got my NT scan and double marker blood test results. NT value 1.1 mm, free b-hCG 1.52 MOM, PAPP-A 0.37 MOM, trisomy 21+NT risk 1:1132, trisomy 21 1:169, trisomy 13/18+NT. In urine culture, there is no significant growth observed after 48 hours. I am curren...  Read Full »


Dr. Mavani Jimesh Himatbhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the report completely (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your report is normal and there is no need to worry. If you want a detailed explanation about the report, then here you go. There are some genetic syndromes, which are happening worl...  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 »

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 5.9 inches distanc...  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, ...  Read Full »

Are my NT scan reports normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I had the NT scan at 11 weeks and 4 days and the NT was 3.3 mm. After that, I got the double marker test done which came back normal, with a risk of 1:624 for T21 and 1:685 for T13 and T18. I was asked to do the NT scan again and at 12 weeks and 2 days, the NT measured 2.8 mm. Also, th...  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Rathod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query. There is nothing to worry about. All the reports are fine and your baby has no anomaly. So, relax and do not worry. You need not go for any further invasive procedures like amniocentesis. Just get your TIFFA (targeted imaging for fetal...  Read Full »

Is it risky if the NT scan shows 3 to 5 mm thickness?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33 year old female, who has a 5 year old baby girl. I had two miscarriages, one two years back at 11 weeks, and one last year at nine weeks. Now, I am three months pregnant, and I had a NT scan, which showed a thickness of 3 to 5 mm. Is this a case of high-risk pregnancy? Does i...  Read Full »


Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let me put forth few facts. Your age is in normal limits and not in high-risk for anomalies or genetic problem. Only after 37 to 40 years it is high-risk. You do not seem to have any medical complications. You have one 5 year old child, so the chance of next healthy preg...  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 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 »

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 »

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