Prenatal testing: Integrated Genetics clients should call 800-848-4436 to speak to a laboratory genetic coordinator before collecting any specimens. In some circumstances, specimens from other family members may be required.
All prenatal specimens (including cord blood) must be accompanied by a maternal blood or mouthwash specimen for analysis of possible maternal cell contamination.
Discard first 2 mL; then 10 mL amniotic fluid in 15 ml orange-top polypropylene tube, 10-15 mg chorionic villi in laboratory-provided screw-top tubes with sterile transport medium or one T-25 flask of confluent cells.
Additional sample must be obtained for back-up culture at one of our cytogenetics laboratories or another facility. If additional testing is desired, more amniotic fluid is needed. For example, chromosome analysis requires an additional 15-25 mL (see Cytogenetics – Amniotic Fluid Chromosome Analysis test page) and AFAFP requires an additional 2 mL (see Amniotic Fluid Alpha-Fetoprotein - AFAFP test page).
Expected Turnaround Time
3 - 7 days
Turnaround time is defined as the usual number of days from the date of pickup of a specimen for testing to when the result is released to the ordering provider. In some cases, additional time should be allowed for additional confirmatory or additional reflex tests. Testing schedules may vary.
Whole blood or mouthwash (see specimen kit for detailed instructions), amniotic fluid, chorionic villi.
Postnatal: 10 mL whole blood or mouthwash /Prenatal: 10 mL amniotic fluid in orange-top polypropylene tube, 10-15 mg chorionic villi in laboratory provided screw-top tubes with sterile transport medium or one T-25 flask of confluent cells.
Lavender-top (EDTA) tube or yellow-top (ACD-A) tube or mouthwash kit
Maintain specimen at room temperature
Causes for Rejection
Frozen specimen; hemolysis; quantity not sufficient for analysis; improper container; unlabeled or mislabeled specimen
Provide evidence that twins are monozygotic versus dizygotic.
False-positive and false-negative results may occur for reasons that include genetic variants, blood transfusions, bone marrow transplantation, erroneous representation of family relationships, or contamination of a fetal sample with maternal cells.
Analysis of short tandem repeat markers by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and capillary electrophoresis
Zygosity testing determines if the fetuses are identical or fraternal in a multiple gestation pregnancy. Zygosity testing is ordered for complicated multiple gestations.