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Test ID: POC    
Chromosome Analysis, Autopsy, Products of Conception, or Stillbirth

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing


Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Provide a reason for referral with each specimen. The laboratory will not reject testing if this information is not provided, but appropriate testing and interpretation may be compromised or delayed.


In POC specimens, maternal cell contamination can interfere with the interpretation of chromosome analysis. To reduce this difficulty, attempt to identify and send only fetal tissue for analysis. If multiple specimen types are sent, send each specimen in a separate container. Multiple specimens received (eg, placenta and fetal thigh) will be ordered under 1 test. All specimens will be processed separately.



1. New York Clients-Informed consent is required. Please document on the request form or electronic order that a copy is on file. An Informed Consent for Genetic Testing (Supply T576) is available in Special Instructions.

2. If not ordering electronically, submit a Cytogenetics/AFP Congenital Disorders Request Form (Supply T238) with the specimen.


Advise Express Mail or equivalent if not on courier service.



Specimen Type: Products of conception or stillbirth

Container/Tube: Sterile container with sterile Hank's balanced salt solution (Supply T132), Ringer's solution, or normal saline

Specimen Volume: 1 cm(3) of placenta (including 50-mg chorionic villi) and 1 cm(3) biopsy specimen of muscle/fascia from the thigh

Collection Instructions: If a fetus cannot be specifically identified, collect 50-mg villus material or tissue that appears to be of fetal origin.

Additional Information:

1. Do not send entire fetus.

2. While fresher specimens prepared as described above are preferred, we can attempt analysis on specimens that have been in less-than-ideal conditions.

Forms: Final Disposition of Fetal/Stillborn Remains (if fetal specimen is sent) in Special Instructions.



Specimen Type: Autopsy

Container/Tube: Sterile container with sterile Hank's balanced salt solution (Supply T132), Ringer's solution, or normal saline

Specimen Volume: 4 mm diameter

Collection Instructions:

1. Wash biopsy site with an antiseptic soap.

2. Thoroughly rinse area with sterile water.

3. Do not use alcohol or iodine preparations.

4. Biopsy specimens are best taken by punch biopsy to include full thickness of dermis.



Specimen Type: Chorionic villus

Container/Tube: 15-mL tube containing 15 mL of transport media

Specimen Volume: 50 mg

Collection Instructions:

1. Collect chorionic villus specimen (CVS) by transabdominal or transcervical method.

2. Transfer CVS to a Petri dish containing transport medium.             

3. Using a stereomicroscope and sterile forceps, assess the quality and quantity of villi and remove any blood clots and maternal decidua.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

Chorionic Villus: 10 mg/Muscle-Fascia: 1 cm(3)

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected









Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
TissueRefrigerated (preferred)