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Prenatal Genetic Testing - SNP Array

Prenatal Genetic Testing - SNP Array


Chromosomal abnormalities cause problems

The chromosome numeral or structural variants can lead to excess or shortage of the genes within that region, resulting in a person with diseases such as Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and DiGeorge syndrome. Pregnancy at an advanced age increases the fetal risk of chromosomal abnormality.


More accurate DIAGNOSTIC testing

SNP array is a diagnostic test which is recommended for patients who have abnormal finding after a prenatal testing such as karyotyping, ultrasound or non-invasive prenatal test. Therefore, it can detect genome-wide copy number variants (CNVs) and also is recommended for patients who want to maximize the detection of fetal genetic diagnoses.

In addition, most genetic changes identified by chromosomal microarray analysis that are typically not identified on standard karyotype are not associated with increasing maternal age; therefore, the use of this test can be considered for all women, regardless of age, who undergo prenatal diagnostic testing.


When to consider testing

  • Pregnancies at high risk for chromosomal abnormalities due to abnormal prenatal findings:
    • Fetal structural abnormalities detected on ultrasound scans
    • Abnormal/high-risk results from non-invasive maternal serum aneuploidy screening tests(e.g. NIPT, first/second-trimester maternal serum Down syndrome screening)
    • Non-invasive prenatal tests (NIPT) showing no-call or inconclusive results due to low fetal fraction
    • Fetus with abnormal karyotype results requiring further clarification of risks
  • Multiple gestations
  • Want to maximize the detection of fetal genetic diagnoses
  • Want to test for microduplications/microdeletion syndromes and lower fetal risk of chromosomal abnormalities
  • Advanced maternal age
  • Anyone considering invasive prenatal testing (e.g. amniocentesis) for diagnostic test results
  • Family history of congenital anomalies or a previous pregnancy with a fetus with chromosomal abnormalities
  • Pregnancy achieved after preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) or preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)


Why choose GGA SNP array

Currently, the commonly used genetic testing methods, such as karyotyping (G-banding) or array-based comparative genomic hybridization (array CGH), are limited by the comparatively lower-resolution and fewer types of genetic changes. Genetic variants such as loss of heterozygosity (LOH) or triploidy are difficult to be detect using traditional methods.

 GGA SNP array with its superior sensitivity and resolution is a more EFFICIENTLY testing to detect more small variation across the whole chromosome set and provide COMPREHENSIVE genetic counseling service.




  • COMPREHENSIVE genetic counseling

professional data analysis and counseling support to clinicians

  • FASTER testing process

the result is available in a shorter time

  • BETTER detection

more chromosomal abnormalities are detected, such as LOH, UPD, and triploidy

  • HIGHER resolution

detection of small chromosomal variations, such as microduplication and microdeletion


Specimen Require and Notice
  • Amniotic fluid:10-15mL in Sterile tube
  • DNA:more than 20 μL (concentration of 50 ng/μL, 260/280 ratio greater than 1.8) into eppendorf tube and seal with parafilm
  • Blood (if follow-up parental testing needed):3-5mL in Lavender top tube (EDTA)


Storage and shipping: 4-25℃, specimen should arrive within 72 hours of collection (Amniotic fluid should be 48 hours)

Turnaround time (TAT): 10 working days from receiving specimen


Guideline Summaries


  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) COMMITTEE OPINION No. 682, 2016
  1. The use of chromosomal microarray test can be considered for all women, regardless of age, who undergo prenatal diagnostic testing.
  2. Chromosomal microarray can identify chromosomal abnormalities that are too small to be identified by standard karyotyping and submicroscopic.
  3. If the fetus is structurally abnormal, Chromosomal microarray is recommended, and typically can replace fetal karyotyping
  4. If the fetus is structurally normal and pregnancy undergoing invasive prenatal diagnostic testing, either chromosomal microarray or fetal karyotyping can be performed
  5. Comprehensive pretest and posttest genetic counseling regarding the benefits, limitations, and results of chromosomal microarray analysis is essential.



  • American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) STATEMENT, 2016
  1. Informing all pregnant women that diagnostic testing (CVS or amniocentesis) is an option for the detection of chromosome abnormalities and clinically significant.
  2. For patients the goal in prenatal screening is to maximize the detection of fetal genetic diagnoses, chromosomal microarray (CMA) using fetal DNA should be offered.
  3. Offering diagnostic testing (CVS or amniocentesis) with CMA when NIPS identifies a CNV.
  4. Offering diagnostic testing for a no-call NIPS result due to low fetal fraction if maternal blood for NIPS was drawn at an appropriate gestational age. A repeat blood draw is NOT appropriate.
  5. NOT recommend NIPS to screen for autosomal aneuploidies other than those involving chromosomes 13, 18, and 21.
  6. NOT recommend NIPS to screen for genome-wide CNVs. If this level of information is desired, then diagnostic testing (e.g., chorionic villous sampling or amniocentesis) followed by CMA is recommended.



  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) COMMITTEE OPINION No. 640, 2015
  1. Given the potential for inaccurate results and to understand the type of trisomy for recurrence-risk counseling, a diagnostic test should be recommended for a patient who has a positive cell-free DNA test result.
  2. False-positive test results do occur in cell-free DNA screening test and diagnostic testing with amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling should be recommended before any pregnancy termination decision. 
  3. Routine cell-free DNA screening for microdeletion syndromes should NOT be performed.
  4. Cell-free DNA screening is NOT recommended for women with multiple gestations.
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