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Test ID: CULAF    
Amniotic Fluid Culture for Genetic Testing

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Producing amniocyte cultures that can be used for genetic analysis


Once confluent flasks are established, the amniocyte cultures are sent to other laboratories, either within Mayo Clinic or to external sites, based on the specific testing requested.

Genetics Test Information Provides information that may help with selection of the correct genetic test or proper submission of the test request

Aminocyte culture for prenatal genetic testing. The additional test(s) desired must be indicated on the request form that accompanies the specimen.

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Fetal cells obtained by amniocentesis (amniocytes) are used for a wide range of laboratory tests. Prior to testing, the cells may need to be cultured to obtain adequate numbers of amniocytes.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

Not applicable

Clinical Reference Recommendations for in-depth reading of a clinical nature

Barch MJ, Knutsen T, Spurbeck JL: In The AGT Cytogenetics Laboratory Manual. Third edition, 1997

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test