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Reproductive Health - Problems and Stratergies

Which of the following cannot be detected in a developing foetus by amniocentesis?


Amniocentesis does not help in determining the jaundice, which is a metabolic disorder. Jaundice is caused due to high levels of bilirubin in the body. 

In amniocentesis, some of the amniotic fluid of the developing foetus is taken to analyse the fetal cells and dissolved substances. Amniocentesis is a prenatal diagnostic technique for detecting certain genetic disorders such as, Down syndrome, Klinefelter’s syndrome, haemoplilia, sickle-cell anemia, etc. The test can also help in determining the sex of the foetus (though countries like India banned Amniocentesis for the purpose of sex-determination to check female foeticide. 

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