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Genetic testing of miscarriage?

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Elouera Sat 09-May-20 19:25:02

Anyone had this done? Did you get a result? How long did the test take?

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Elouera Sun 10-May-20 13:10:13


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Aria2015 Sun 10-May-20 19:56:32

Do mean when they test the foetus for things like chromosome issues? I had it with my first miscarriage. I had a d&c and they tested the foetus and it came back clear. I can't remember how long before I got the results, maybe a month? I had private health insurance at the time and it was covered up under that.

Elouera Sun 10-May-20 20:14:23

@Aria2015- Thanks for your reply. Yes, testing the miscarriage products.

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CamillaEsther Sun 10-May-20 20:35:57

I was advised 10-12 weeks (NHS). They contacted me within 5 weeks to advise they were unable to complete the test for me as they were only sent maternal tissue and none of my partners DNA could be located. This was likely due to me having a missed miscarriage and my body had already started to try to re-absorb the fetus so my DNA took over. The hospital told me that testing has now unfortunately been suspended completely until further notice in view of Covid.

Elouera Sun 10-May-20 20:52:07

@CamillaEsther- Thanks for the info. I'd not heard of them looking for maternal or paternal DNA in a miscarriage sample. Surely they are checking the foetal tissue for its DNA and whether IT had a genetic problem, not your or yours partners? This must be very frustrating to have been told? This potential issue wasn't mentioned to me today, although I know that there might be no results or issues found.

I contacted my local EPU but they said that their genetics staff had been redeployed to process covid swabs. The EPU where I had the IVF still have genetics open, and took my sample today for testing. Seems its only certain genetics labs which are shut though.

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CamillaEsther Mon 11-May-20 09:13:53

@Elouera it was a difficult phone call to receive. The EPAU confirmed that they only sent a small sample to Great Ormond Street Hospital for testing and my local EPAU retained the rest. The remaining sample is then preserved in a solution which deems it unsuitable for further genetic testing. By the time GOSH contacted my EPAU to advise that the sample sent to them only contained maternal tissue, there was nothing else that could be sent to them. My EPAU also advised at that time that GOSH were no longer accepting new samples in view of the Covid situation.

I can't be sure if my local hospital made a mistake with the sample they sent to GOSH or if only maternal tissue was found because my body had already started to absorb everything but either way, I wasn't going to get any answers. I was feeling utterly distraught after everything that happened so decided to try to put it behind me and try to move forward.

I really hope that you get answers and you aren't waiting too long. It sounds like the testing is done 'in house' at your EPAU so hopefully, this will reduce the timescales for you.

Elouera Mon 11-May-20 09:27:45

@CamillaEsther- What an awful time you've had. It was St Thomas, London which still have genetics open. I was told that a tiny section is sent for histopathology to confirm it wasn't a molar pregnancy, whereas the majority is sent to genetics. I had to sign 2 different forms. Did they say if the basic pathology had been done, or just nothing at all? I'm so sorry.

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