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Discordance between prenatal cytogenetic diagnosis and outcome of pregnancy

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From 1.3.73 to 30.9.80 5580 women had an amniocentesis performed here or elsewhere; fetal chromosome analyses were carried out in this laboratory. We found 112 abnormal karyotypes (2 per cent) out of 5591 chromosome analyses. In 40 women (0.7 per cent) no cytogenetic diagnosis was obtained. Follow-up was successful in 99.5 per cent. Nine cases are reported in detail: Three cases had discrepancy between the karyotype in amniotic fluid and peripheral blood after delivery, two of these cases turned out to be 46,XX (male) while the third was prenatally determined as trisomy 21, but had a 46,XX karyotype at birth. Six cases had discrepancy between the karyotype in amniotic fluid and the phenotypic outcome at birth/abortion. One case was a prenatally undetected 45,X/46,XY mosaicism; one case was an unexplained 45,X male fetus; two cases were prenatally determined as trisomy 21, but at abortion a normal karyotype was determined and in two cases maternal cells were probably examined. The incidence of cytogenetic errors in this study was very low.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPrenatal Diagnosis
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)51-9
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1984

    Research areas

  • Adult, Amniocentesis, Chromosome Aberrations, Chromosome Disorders, Diagnostic Errors, Diseases in Twins, Female, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Karyotyping, Male, Mosaicism, Pregnancy, Prenatal Care, Ultrasonography, Case Reports, Journal Article

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