1Who is referred for CMA?

Children with:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Growth delay
  • Speech delay
  • Developmental delay
  • Dysmorphic features
  • Congenital Anomalies
  • Heart Defects
  • Seizures

Pregnancy with:

  • Ultrasound abnormality
  • Abnormal maternal serum screen
  • Still birth
  • Miscarriage or Spontaneous abortion
2How soon will I get the results?
Results for CMA tests will be available to you within 3 weeks.
3Do I need to see a Genetic Counselor?
A genetic counselor can help you understand the reason for genetic testing and explain the test results to you and your family. Genetic counselors are trained professional who provide you information pertaining to your health condition, appropriate referrals, test selections for you and other family members and play a supportive role.
4What sample is required for CMA testing and how is the sample collected?
For children, a blood sample is required which is collected through a simple prick on hand. During pregnancy, testing for the baby requires amniotic fluid or chorionic villi sample, which is obtained by your doctor who is an expert in fetal medicine.
5Will I have to do any other test after CMA?
Your doctor or genetic counselor may recommend additional tests depending on the results of the CMA tests.
6What can CMA test tell me?
This is the most advanced genetic test available to scan the entire genome. This test detects small changes in the DNA, which are not detected by other methods such as standard karyotype or FISH analysis. This testing can provide diagnosis for the condition of your child. Results obtained from this test can provide you important information regarding your baby’s health and help you and your doctor to make medical decisions for the baby’s care after delivery.
7What is a Chromosomal Microarray Analysis (CMA) test?
Chromosomal Microarray Analysis (CMA) is also known as array comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) or SNP microarray or genomic array. This is a new genetic technology that can find the missing or extra DNA or genes. This technology scans the entire genome and provides information on thousands of genes in a single test.