Paediatric tests

Sample requirements

Samples should ideally be sent to the Cytogenetics Department on the same day/next day. Where a delay is inevitable, such as over weekends, please store the sample in a refrigerator before sending on the next working day but please DO NOT FREEZE. Lithium heparin and EDTA tubes are suitable for cytogenetic testing depending on the test required, please see below, samples in other tubes will be rejected. For sample labelling and completion of referral form criteria please see referral requirements.

 

Karyotype

Please send 1-2ml whole blood, well mixed, in a lithium heparin (usually green cap) container. Gel tubes may be used but please do not centrifuge or allow to separate. For neonates or children who are difficult to bleed we will attempt to process smaller blood samples.

 

Chromosomal Microarray

For microarray (neurodevelopmental disorders) please send 3-5ml whole blood in an EDTA container.

 

Fanconi Anaemia

Please send at least 2ml whole blood, well mixed, in a lithium heparin container.

 

Acceptance and rejection criteria

Lithium heparin is the preferred tube for karyotype testing. Bloods received in EDTA will be processed but the quality may be compromised. Bloods in any other tube will not be processed. For paediatrics the volume required is 1-2ml, smaller volumes may be attempted but the success or quality of the test may compromised.

 

Referral categories and tests

Karyotype - neonates

  • Features suggestive of Down (trisomy 21), Patau (trisomy 13) or Edwards (trisomy 18) syndromes
  • Ambiguous genitalia or gender uncertainty
  • Dysmorphic features, hypotonia or other congenital abnormalities
  • Confirmation of a prenatal cytogenetic test

 

Karyotype - paediatrics

  • Features suggestive of Turner syndrome (e.g. short stature, delayed secondary sexual development) or other disorders of sex development
  • Features suggestive of a chromosome instability

 

FISH - Fluorescence In Situ Hybridisation

We have a number of FISH probes available - please see available constitutional FISH probes. For specific exclusion of the syndromes mentioned on the available FISH test list please indicate on the referral card which syndrome is to be tested for. For other FISH tests please contact the Cytogenetics Department to discuss your requirements. Please note, that microarray analysis for probands suspected to have a microdeletion syndrome is a more appropriate test. Please see neurodevelopmental disorders.

 

Chromosomal microarray - paediatrics 

We recommend patients meet some of the following criteria:

  • Developmental delay
  • Learning disability
  • Facial dysmorphism or congenital abnormalities
  • Behavioural problems/autistic spectrum

Please refer to the link for neurodevelopmental disorders.

 

Chromosome Instability Syndromes

We offer an urgent test for Fanconi Anaemia (for which we require at least 2ml of blood in lithium heparin). Test for other chromosome instability syndromes (e.g. Bloom Syndrome, Ataxia Telangiectasia, Nijmegan Syndrome) are offered by other laboratories. Please contact the Cytogenetics Department to discuss your requirements.

 

Reporting times

Please see our reporting timetable.

 

Limitations

Please see our postnatal limitations of testing.

 

Storage and future testing

Fixed material from neonate and paediatric samples is archived for at least 5 years for possible future testing.

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