An amniocentesis may be recommended for pregnant women over the age of 35. Amniocentesis can detect Down’s Syndrome, which is more common in mothers age 35 and older. It may be recommended for couples that already have one child with Down’s Syndrome, Hunter’s Syndrome, or a neural tube defect, such as Spina Bifida. It may be recommended if both parents are carriers of an autosomal inherited disorder, such as Tay-Sachs disease, sickle-cell anemia, or Huntington’s chorea.
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