Cordocentesis is used primarily to detect and treat blood conditions, such as fetal anemia — a lack of healthy red blood cells in a developing baby.
If you have an infection, cordocentesis might be used to determine whether the baby has the infection, too.
If necessary, cordocentesis can be used to deliver blood transfusions and medication to the baby through the umbilical cord.
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