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While most prenatal tests at Emirates Hospitals are non-invasive and painless, there are situations where a more detailed evaluation of your baby’s health might be necessary. Invasive prenatal testing procedures allow for direct sampling of fetal cells or tissue to analyze chromosomes and identify potential genetic conditions. This information can empower you to make informed decisions about your pregnancy.

It’s important to remember that invasive testing is not routinely recommended for all pregnancies. Your doctor at Emirates Hospitals will discuss the risks and benefits of these procedures in detail and only recommend them if there’s a higher chance of your baby having a genetic abnormality.

Invasive Prenatal Testing at Emirates Hospitals

Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS): CVS extracts a small sample of placental tissue, earlier results but slightly higher miscarriage risk.

Amniocentesis: Amniocentesis analyzes amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, highly accurate but carries a small risk of miscarriage or infection.

Cordocentesis: Cordocentesis draws fetal blood directly from the umbilical cord, diagnoses specific blood conditions but has a slightly higher risk of complications

Who Might Consider Invasive Testing?

There are several factors your doctor at Emirates Hospitals might consider when recommending invasive prenatal testing:

  • Advanced maternal age: Women over 35 years old have a slightly higher chance of having a baby with a chromosomal abnormality.
  • Family history of genetic conditions: If you or your partner has a family history of a specific genetic condition, invasive testing can determine if your baby is at risk.
  • Abnormal results from non-invasive prenatal tests: If a screening test like a first-trimester combined screening or quad screen indicates an increased risk of a chromosomal abnormality, your doctor might recommend invasive testing for confirmation.
  • Ultrasound findings: If an ultrasound scan reveals any concerning signs related to your baby’s development, invasive testing might be considered for further evaluation.
Last update date: 03-07-2024

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