Amniocentesis: What Are The Risks And Complications?Friday, March 16, 2012 - 14:07
Millions of women have safely undergone amniocentesis. However, the procedure does carry some risks:
- Miscarriage: The rate of miscarriage is estimated to be between one in 200 and one in 500.
- Infection: The procedure carries a low risk of uterine infection (less than one in 1,000), which can cause labor. If such an infection occurs, it will happen within a few days of the procedure.
- Maternal or fetal hemorrhaging.
- Fetal injury: There is a very slight risk that the needle used during amniocentesis can hit a crucial fetal area and cause permanent damage.
Nice To Know:
Amniocentesis increases the risk of miscarriage by less than 1 percent over the baseline risk for miscarriage.