Skip to Content

Health Encyclopedia

Chromosome analysis

« Página Previa In English

Chromosome analysis

Chromosome analysis


This topic has not yet been translated. (Tema aún no ha sido traducido.)

This topic has not yet been translated. (Tema aún no ha sido traducido.)

Chromosome analysis is a test that looks at the genetic material inside the chromosomes. It can be done on cells from amniotic fluid (the liquid that surrounds a baby in the womb), blood, saliva, tissue, or other samples from the body.

This test looks for changes in the genes. Gene changes can cause problems with a person's growth, development, and body functions. Chromosome analysis can help find out if:

  • The chromosomes of an adult have an abnormality that can be passed on to a child.
  • A chromosome problem is preventing a woman from becoming pregnant or causing her to miscarry.
  • A chromosome problem is present in a baby.
  • Chromosomal problems may have caused a baby to be stillborn.
  • The cause of a birth defect or disability is a chromosomal defect.