What is an amniocentesis?
Amniocentesis is where a procedure is done to remove fluid from the amniotic sac. The amniotic sac is the fluid that is inside the uterus. The amniocentesis procedure is done by injection a long needle through the abdominal and the uterine wall into the amniotic sac. The needle is guided by an ultrasound. An ultrasound also helps to look at organs and fluid in the fetus. Once the fluid is removed from the amniotic sac, it is sent in to the laboratory for cytological analysis.
Some tests you may be tested for are the spina bifida, genetic, or neural tube defects. Spina bifida is a birth defect in the spinal cord. The baby also can be born with neural tube defects. This is where there is an open in the brain or the neck. The alpha fetoprotein blood tests can used to test for spina bifida, neural tube defects Down syndrome and anencephaly. A high level of alpha fetoprotein usually indicates the fetus has a defect in the brain or spinal cord. Anencephaly is where there is absence of the brain. This may be the defect the baby has. A low level may mean Down syndrome. Another test that you can be tested for is the Rh disease. They can test the amount of bilirubin you have in the amniotic fluid.
When is the best time to have these tests done?
You usually have these tests done between the weeks of 15 to 20 weeks. Any of these tests done before the 15 week can cause problems and cause you to miscarriage.
It is best to talk to your doctor about your family history and ask any question about any concern you may have about your pregnancy. The doctor will only do test if he feels it is in your best interest for the baby and you.
I am writing to you in hopes to get you familiar with our endoscopes. I would like to take the time to let you know what endoscopes we have and there uses. I hope after you see the range of endoscopes we have you will be interested in them and would like to use them for your clinic. I believe they can help you in your clinic and make things easier for you and the patient. Here is a list of what we have.
Cystoscope- used to exam the interior of the urinary bladder. The light and camera makes it easier to look inside the bladder to te3st if you have a disease in the urinary system.
Nephroscope- this instrument is inserted in the incision to examine the kidney. This instrument can help