The chemical constituents of amniotic fluid have in the past few years yielded valuable information for prenatal diagnosis. While acting as a physical protective “cushion” for the fetus, these amniotic fluid constituents have allowed increasingly accurate assessments of fetal health. Since the amniotic fluid can be viewed as an extension of the fetal extracellular space (Lind et al., 1969; Lind and Hytten, 1970), an understanding of its origin, formation, and chemical constitution will be crucial to continued progress with prenatal diagnosis. Cellular components are discussed in this chapter and in Chapter 4.


Amniotic Fluid Prenatal Diagnosis Maternal Serum Pompe Disease Amniotic Fluid Cell 
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  • Aubrey Milunsky
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  1. 1.Department of PediatricsHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Genetics DivisionEunice Kennedy Shriver CenterWalthamUSA
  3. 3.Children’s ServiceMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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