Incidence and outcome of chromosomal mosaicism found at the time of chorionic villus sampling

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1997 Jun;176(6):1349-52; discussion 1352-3. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9378(97)70356-9.


Objective: Chromosomal mosaicism has been reported in about 1% to 3% of chorionic villus sampling specimens. This report provides incidence and outcome information that should be useful in counseling patients found to have mosaicism on chorionic villus sampling.

Study design: A retrospective analysis of 11,200 consecutive patients undergoing chorionic villus sampling at the University of California, San Francisco, during the period from Jan. 1, 1984, to June 1, 1996, was undertaken.

Results: A total of 140 cases of mosaicism were identified for an incidence of 1.3%. Follow-up information was available for 130 cases, 26 of which (20%) were confirmed in fetal tissue. Confirmation rates for specific types of mosaicism were as follows: autosomal trisomy 7.6%, sex chromosome 25%, structural abnormality 27.3%, and marker chromosome 77.8%. Neonatal outcome was normal in all cases for which pregnancy continued.

Conclusion: The data indicate that in most cases of chromosomal mosaicism found by chorionic villus sampling the mosaicism is unlikely to be clinically significant in the fetus.

MeSH terms

  • Chorionic Villi Sampling / standards*
  • Chromosome Aberrations / diagnosis
  • Chromosome Aberrations / epidemiology*
  • Chromosome Disorders
  • Female
  • Genetic Markers
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Mosaicism / diagnosis*
  • Pregnancy
  • Retrospective Studies
  • San Francisco / epidemiology


  • Genetic Markers