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June 14, 1976

Medical News

JAMA. 1976;235(24):2573-2581. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260500003001

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Amniocentesis requires proper care —and sonography can make it safer  The rapid acceptance of amniocentesis by women with problem pregnancies and its adoption by more and more practitioners are beginning to cause concern.This concern was expressed most recently at a New York symposium on "Pre-Natal Diagnosis and Its Impact on Society" sponsored by Charter Medical Corporation, a private hospital management firm, by internist-geneticist Kurt Hirschhorn, MD, professor of pediatrics and genetics at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, and by Stuart Campbell, MB, ChB, senior lecturer at the University of London's Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology.A study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development recently concluded that amniocentesis is reasonably safe and accurate (JAMAMedical News 234:1219 [Dec 22] 1975). This has given rise to worries that the procedure is not always carried out with enough care.Dr Hirschhorn is especially worried about the