Conservative management of second-trimester post-amniocentesis fluid leakage

Robin B. Gold, Gregory L. Goyert, David B. Schwartz, Mark I. Evans, Laurie A. Seabolt

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During a 32-month period, 603 genetic amniocenteses were performed in our institution, and seven patients (1.2%) experienced fluid leakage within 24 hours of the procedure. All seven patients were hospitalized for strict bed rest and expectant management. Cessation of amniotic fluid leakage and reaccumulation of normal amniotic fluid occurred within 7 days in all cases. Six patients were delivered at term of appropriately grown infants without complication. One patient experienced an intrauterine death at 25 weeks’ gestation (6 weeks after the occurrence of fluid leakage secondary to genetic amniocentesis). Although limited by the small number of patients, our experience suggests the following: 1) Appropriate respect for potential complications of genetic amniocentesis is still warranted; 2) expectant management of patients who experience membrane rupture after genetic amniocentesis may be associated with a good perinatal outcome; and 3) membrane rupture after genetic amniocentesis may represent a fundamentally different etiologic entity than spontaneous rupture of the membranes in the second trimester not associated with genetic amniocentesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)745-747
Number of pages3
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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