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Test ID: CVS    
Chromosome Analysis, Chorionic Villus Sampling

Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

The chorionic villi is thoroughly cleaned using sterile forceps to remove remaining maternal decidua and blood clots. The villi are then treated with trypsin and collagenase. The cells are grown culture media for 5 to 10 days. In the harvest procedure, the cells are exposed to colcemid and hypotonic solution, then fixed with glacial acetic acid and methanol. Metaphase cells are dropped onto microscope slide and are routinely stained by G-banding, but other staining methods are frequently employed as needed. Twenty metaphases from 3 or more primary cultures are examined. In cases of pseudomosaicism or when true mosaicism is suspected, up to 6 different primary cultures are analyzed. Five or more metaphases are stored in a computer-based imaging system and karyograms are made from 2 or more representative metaphases.(Breed AS, Mantingh A, Beekhuis JR, et al: The predictive value of cytogenetic diagnosis after CVS: 1,500 cases. Prenat Diagn 1990;10:101-110; Canadian Collaborative CVS-Amniocentesis Clinical Trial Group: Multicentre randomized clinical trial of chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis. Lancet 1989;1:1-6; Ledbetter DH, Martin AO, Verlinsky Y, et al: Cytogenetic results of chorionic villus sampling: high success rate and diagnostic accuracy in the United States collaborative study. Am J Obstet Gynecol 1990;162:495-501; Spurbeck JL, Carlson RO, Allen JE, Dewald GW: Culturing and robotic harvesting of bone marrow, lymph nodes, peripheral blood, fibroblasts, and solid tumors with in situ techniques. Cancer Genet Cytogenet 1988;32:59-66)

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Samples processed Monday through Sunday. Results reported Monday through Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CST.

Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.

9 days

Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Medical Laboratories until the release of the test result

10 days

Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

Any remaining specimen is discarded at the time results are reported.

Performing Laboratory Location The location of the laboratory that performs the test