While Wapner noted that the transition to CMA from karyotyping in clinical practice will be gradual, as physicians and patients continue to be educated about its use, the two studies make the choice clear: "Why would anyone want to continue to use the standard method, which gives only part of the answer?" Dr. Wapner said in a statement published earlier this year by the
The larger of the two studies, entitled "Chromosomal Microarray Versus Karyotyping for Prenatal Diagnosis," enrolled 4,406 women. In 4,340 (98.8 percent) of the fetal samples, microarray analysis was successful. The second study, entitled "Karyotype Versus Microarray Testing for Genetic Abnormalities After Stillbirth," 532 stillbirths were analyzed. That study concluded that "microarray analysis is more likely than karyotype analysis to provide a genetic diagnosis, primarily because of its success with nonviable tissue, and is especially valuable in analyses of stillbirths with congenital anomalies…"
Both studies were funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development—part of the
In the case of stillbirths or miscarriages, especially when it happens more than once, "CMA can be used to determine if there is a genetic reason for these occurrences, and can give parents valuable information about future pregnancies," says Jessup.
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