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Title: PDF logo Amniocentesis (PDF file - 109 KB) (Links to English resource)

Summary: Amniocentesis is a prenatal diagnostic test performed at around 16 weeks of pregnancy. It is used to test for chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome. It involves passing a needle through the skin of the mother, through the wall of the uterus (womb) and taking a small sample (around 16mls) of the fluid surrounding the developing baby. The needle does not touch the baby or the placenta.

Organisation: Royal Women's Hospital - Well Women's Services

Publishing date: July 2003

Last reviewed: September 2015

Target audience: Women

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