Amniocentesis is a test done during pregnancy that removes some amniotic fluid for testing. Amniocentesis is performed to look for birth defects and genetic disorders. It is usually offered mainly to women with a higher-risk pregnancy, including those over 35. Some disorders that amniocentesis can detect include Down syndrome, sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs, and more. The test is usually done between the 15th and 18th weeks of pregnancy. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about why amniocentesis is done, what it tests for, who should have it, and much more.
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