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In most cases a needle stick does no harm to the fetus--recall that cordocentesis or percutaneous umbilical blood sampling is the intentional insertion of a needle directly into the fetal umbilical cord.
Percutaneous umbilical blood sampling with rapid karyotyping and hematologic evaluation should be considered the standard of care in all cases.
Percutaneous umbilical blood sampling (PUBS) performed with ultrasound guidance is reliable for this, and the microvolume specimens obtained by this technique are readily analyzed by modern clinical chemistry analyzers to perform complete biochemical profiles with small blood volumes.