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Parental SNP Microarray Analysis (Chromosomal Microarray)


Name Method Department Units
Parental SNP Microarray Molecular Genetics

Specimen Requirements

Whole blood

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

Purple tube (EDTA)

4 mL 4 mL

Green tube (Sodium heparin), No Gel

3 mL 3 mL

Room temperature - 24 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 72 hour(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Do not centrifuge
  • Do not freeze
  • Keep at room temperature or refrigerate

Reasons for Rejection

  • Frozen specimen
  • Clotted specimen
  • Wrong collection tube
  • Centrifuged specimen
  • Serum sample


Please click on the Lab Form Link in the Forms Section to print and complete the Genetic Test Requisition Form. Completed Genetic Test Requisition required. When ordering this test, please provide following information on the test requisition form: 1) previously tested Proband's Name, 2) Proband's Date of Birth and/or Proband's Test Accession Number.

This test is available for biological parents (mother and father) of a proband who previously had cytogenetic abnormality detected by Nationwide Children's laboratory, such as parents of a proband who had a genomic loss and/or gain detected by chromosomal microarray analysis. If the proband's cytogenetic abnormality was detected by an outside laboratory or if the patient to be tested is a family member of, but not biological parents of, the proband (e.g. grandparent, sibling, aunt/uncle, cousin, etc), then please order a test called "SNP Microarray Analysis (test code: SNPMA)" in place of this test.

PLEASE NOTE: Depending on the type and size of cytogenetic abnormality detected in the proband, parental FISH analyses may be recommended over parental microarray analyses. If uncertain which parental testing should be ordered, please call the Cytogenetic Laboratory (614) 722-5321 and ask to speak with a laboratory genetic counselor.

This microarray analysis evaluates for DNA copy number abnormalities (genomic losses and gains) and large regions of homozygosity (ROH) across the genome. This test uses oligonucleotide probes as well as SNP probes. DNA copy number abnormality detection is done by comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) analysis using ~135,000 oligonucleotide probes, and ROH detection analysis is done by SNP analysis using ~67,000 SNP probes.

This test can detect submicroscopic genomic losses and gains not detectable by routine chromosome analysis (e.g. 22q11.21 microdeletion for DiGeorge syndrome, submicroscopic unbalanced translocations, etc), as well as large imbalances detectable by routine chromosome analysis (e.g. loss or gain of entire chromosome, large unbalanced translocations/inversions). Genomic loss or gain of certain chromosomal region is known to cause or predispose to phenotypic abnormality. Some genomic loss or gain may have unknown clinical significance at this time or a unique genetic finding that is inherited within a family. If genomic loss or gain is detected, parental microarray, FISH and/or chromosome analyses may be recommended for parental diagnostic and/or recurrence risk assessment. 

Presence of ROH is not diagnostic of any disorder, but it can suggest increased risk for two different classes of genetic disorders: disorders of imprinting (uniparental disomy; UPD) and recessive genetic disorders. Evidence suggestive of a blood relationship between the parents (parental consanguinity) also may be revealed. If parental consanguinity is known, please provide reported parental relationship information on the requisition form.

PLEASE NOTE: Microarray analysis may not be able to detect the presence of mosaicism if abnormality is present in less than 30% of cells. Microarray analysis cannot detect balanced chromosomal rearrangements, such as a balanced translocation, balanced inversion, and balanced insertion.


Lab Form

CPT Code

  • 81229