Products of Conception Analysis
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Fetal loss is the most common pregnancy complication, occurring in 25-30% of recognized pregnancies. In fetal loss prior to 20 weeks of gestation, the fetal and placental tissues are referred to as products of conception (POC). Fetal loss after 20 weeks of gestation is referred to as an Intrauterine Fetal Demise (IUFD). The most common cause of early pregnancy loss is chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus, which account for at least 50-60% of all first trimester losses. Chromosomal abnormalities in IUFDs occur less frequently, at a rate of about 20%. Chromosomal analysis on POC or IUFDs through genetic testing may help identify the cause of pregnancy loss and improve management of future pregnancies by considering Assisted Reproductive Techniques and Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening to avoid the recurrence of miscarriages.
Who should consider chromosomal analysis of POC?
- Those who have had 2 or more miscarriages (from normal or ART conception)
- Confirmation of abnormal prenatal results
- When malformations are evident in the aborted fetus
- Couples interested in determining the risk of miscarriage recurrence