Prenatal Diagnosis

  • Mary G. Ampola
Part of the Contemporary Issues in Biomedicine, Ethics, and Society book series (CIBES)


Inevitably with each pregnancy, prospective parents have fears concerning their child’s normalcy, especially if they have previously had a defective baby with a genetic disease. For this reason ways have been sought to detect the presence of such diseases early in pregnancy, either to reassure the couple if the result of tests of heritable disease is negative or, if they desire, to prevent the birth of a defective baby. Amniocentesis, the withdrawing of amniotic fluid for study, was first used in the 1950s for sex determination. Since then, study of the amniotic fluid has proven extremely useful for many diagnostic and even for some therapeutic purposes.


Amniotic Fluid Prenatal Diagnosis Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Methylmalonic Acid Prospective Parent 
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© Humana Press Inc. 1981

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