Ultrasound needle guidance for amniocentesis in pregnancies with low amniotic fluid

J. P. McGahan, F. Tennant, F. W. Hanson, K. K. Lindfors, E. J. Quilligan

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In six pregancies accompanied by oligohydramnios (three cases) or decreased amniotic fluid and maternal obesity (three cases), needles specifically designed for use with ultrasound were successfully utilized in combination with real-time ultrasound guidance for amniocentesis. There was successful fluid retrieval in all six, with two requiring more than one needle pass. All three cases accompanied by oligohydramnios later resulted in fetal death. In the three cases accompanied by decreased amniotic fluid and maternal obesity, the amniocentesis results were helpful in ensuring the existence of a normal pregnancy. A specially designed ultrasound needle used in combination with a real-time guidance system is helpful in the performance of difficult amniocentesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)513-516
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Medicine


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