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Amniocentesis Tests

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 21 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has as to the rate of miscarriage in pregnant women as a result of receiving an amniocentesis; and if he will give the source of his information.

A recent report from the Royal College of Physicians states that the best studies suggest a 1 per cent. excess risk of spontaneous abortion following amniocentesis. (Source: Prenatal diagnosis and genetic screening. Royal College of Physicians, September 1989, paragraphs 2·33–2·35.)