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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1985 May 15;152(2):204-13.

Chorionic villus sampling for first-trimester prenatal diagnosis: Northwestern University program.


We present our initial experience in developing a chorionic villus sampling program at Northwestern University. In phase 1, we performed chorionic villus sampling in 58 patients prior to elective first-trimester abortion, assessing the reliability and reproducibility of obtaining adequate villus samples and performing cytogenetic analysis by means of both the direct and culture methods. Specimens were categorized according to quality: class I, multiple identifiable villi (n = 20); class II, few villi or villi mixed with decidua (n = 15); class III, no villi (n = 23). There was a positive trend between operator experience, amount of villi obtained, and quality of cytogenetic preparations. In March, 1984, we received Institutional Review Board approval to perform chorionic villus sampling in continuing pregnancies (phase 2). Among the first 20 cases we found two abnormalities (47,XY, + 13; 45,X). The remaining 18 pregnancies were continuing. Recommendations are made for developing a chorionic villus sampling program.

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