Prenatal diagnosis employs a variety of techniques to determine the health and condition of an unborn fetus. Without knowledge gained by prenatal diagnosis, there could be an untoward outcome for the fetus or the mother or both. Congenital anomalies account for 20 to 25% of perinatal deaths.
Prenatal diagnosis include ultrasound of the uterus, placenta, and/or developing fetus, chorionic villus sampling (CVS) to obtain tissue for chromosome or biochemical analysis; and amniocentesis to obtain amniotic fluid for the analysis of chromosomes, enzymes, or DNA. A growing number of birth defects and diseases can be diagnosed prenatally and in some cases treated before birth. Also known as antenatal diagnosis.
Related Journals of Prenatal Diagnosis
Journal of Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health and Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis, Prenatal Diagnosis, Foetal Diagnosis and Therapy.