Monday Moments ~ What Is CVS Testing?



What is CVS testing?

This diagnostic test involves a sample of the chorionic villi (tiny finger like projection on the placenta). These cells contain genetic information that can analyze chromosomal abnormalities and inform you on your baby’s gender as well if you want to know. This test is used to determine specific conditions such as:

Down’s syndrome

Cystic Fibrosis


Certain types of hemophilia

Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy

Turner Syndrome

Sickle Cell Anemia

Fragile-X syndrome


Antitrypsin Deficiency

If you have a family history of any of the above and/or are over 35 years old, your doctor may recommend a CVS test.