RISKS OF DIAGNOSTIC PUNCTURE - AMNIOCENTESIS AND CHORIONIC VILLUS SAMPLING


Society in general and the media in particular often talk about "high-risk amniocentesis". This creates a scenario of threat or fear on which individual and societal decisions regarding prenatal diagnostics are based.

 

In contrast, robust scientific data from the past 10 years on the intervention-related miscarriage rate (abortion rate) prove that amniocentesis carries minimal residual risks and that chorionic villus sampling in expert hands is practically risk-free.

 

The BVNP - Berufsverband niedergelassener Pränatalmediziner (professional association of practicing prenatal physicians) has prepared a dossier on this subject on its homepage entitled "Current risks of diagnostic puncture". Here, the perceived risks are subjected to a sober, very reassuring fact check.

 

The measures taken thus successfully prevented an acute overload of the healthcare system (scenario of more patients requiring ventilation than ventilation places), as impressively demonstrated by the total number of occupied intensive care beds recorded in the DIVI time series of intensive care occupancy in German hospitals since May 2020: This shows a constant level of 20,000 occupied beds since the beginning of the occurrence of SARS-CoV-2, practically unaffected by the corona waves, of which corona patients proportionally accounted for a maximum of 25% during the peaks of the respective waves. SARS-Cov2 respiratory infections have thus established themselves as a separate subgroup of acute infectious respiratory diseases in the spectrum of potentially severe respiratory diseases since their initial recording in 2019/2020 and will continue to accompany us like SARS-CoV1 since 2003 and MERS since 2012.