Chromosome Analysis: Fetal Blood (Percutaneous Umbilical Blood Sampling/PUBS)

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Condition Description

This test will detect abnormalities in chromosome number and large deletions/duplications of chromosome material, as well as balanced chromosome rearrangements.

For most indications for cytogenetic testing (intellectual disability, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, multiple congenital anomalies, etc.) a chromosomal microarray has replaced the G-banded karyotype as the first-tier diagnostic test.  For more information about the benefits of the microarray, please click here.


Percutaneous Umbilical Blood Sampling (PUBS) is performed to test a pregnancy for a chromosome abnormality or other genetic condition, depending on the patient's family history and availability of testing. A karyotype or chromosome analysis is performed on the fetal blood sample.


PHA stimulated cultures are used for G-banded analysis. ISCN nomenclature is followed.


ISCN Nomenclature, minimum band resolution of 550.

Specimen Requirements

Type: Cord Blood

Specimen Requirements:

In sodium heparin (green top) tube:
Fetal Blood (PUBS): 1-3 ml

Specimen Collection and Shipping: Ship sample at room temperature for receipt at EGL within 24 hours of collection. Do not refrigerate or freeze.

  • The EmArray Cyto (VA) may detect microdeletions/duplications that are not visible on a PUBS chromosome analysis and is recommended as a first tier diagnostic test.
  • When mosiacism is suspected but not detected on a PUBS chromosome analysis, a chromosome analysis for mosaicism (MM) in peripheral blood or a chromosome analysis on skin fibroblasts (CSKNC) may be warranted.
  • If there is a known chromosome abnormality in the family, such as a translocation, a targeted, family member chromosome study (FS) may be indicated.

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