Cordocentesis treatment, also known as foetal blood sampling, is a highly specialised form of prenatal diagnostic that is usually performed in the second trimester to check whether or not there are any genetic defects in the baby who is gradually developing in the mother's womb. Apart from detecting genetic defects and disorders, this form of treatment is also practised by a gynaecologist to detect the blood condition, deliver blood transfusion or medication to the baby through the umbilical cord. Cordocentesis in foetuses is generally performed after 24 weeks of pregnancy in the hospital or clinic. During the procedure, gynaecologists use an ultrasound to determine the exact position of the foetus. Once the position is precisely detected, the doc inserts a syringe into the abdomen and then to the umbilical cord to collect blood samples from the foetus and sent to the lab for testing purpose. That's all, the entire procedure takes not more than 10-15 minutes. Usually, no anaesthesia is given to patients undergoing Cordocentesis treatment, but it might turn out to be uncomfortable for some women. They may experience cramping or contractions during the procedure or for a few hours or in some cases even a day or two afterwards. Again some others may experience a small amount of vaginal bleeding and few may even have their waters leaking. As such, a complete rest for the next 24 hours is usually recommended after the treatment. The average cost of treatment may vary from patient to patient, it also does not include the hospital charges or the doctor fees.
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