Chromosomal microarray testing influences medical management

Michael E. Coulter*, David T. Miller, David J. Harris, Pamela Hawley, Jonathan Picker, Amy E. Roberts, Magdi M. Sobeih, Mira Irons

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

55 Scopus citations


PURPOSE: Chromosomal microarray (CMA) testing provides the highest diagnostic yield for clinical testing of patients with developmental delay (DD), intellectual disability (ID), multiple congenital anomalies (MCA), and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Despite improved diagnostic yield and studies to support cost-effectiveness, concerns regarding the cost and reimbursement for CMA have been raised because it is perceived that CMA results do not influence medical management. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of CMA testing performed during a 12-month period on patients with DD/ID, ASD, and congenital anomalies to determine the proportion of cases where abnormal CMA results impacted recommendations for clinical action. RESULTS: Among 1792 patients, 13.1% had clinically relevant results, either abnormal (n = 131; 7.3%) or variants of possible significance (VPS; n = 104; 5.8%). Abnormal variants generated a higher rate of recommendation for clinical action (54%) compared with VPS (34%; Fisher exact test, P = 0.01). CMA results influenced medical care by precipitating medical referrals, diagnostic imaging, or specific laboratory testing. CONCLUSIONS: For all test indications, CMA results influenced medical management in a majority of patients with abnormal variants and a substantial proportion of those with VPS. These results support the use of CMA as a clinical diagnostic test that influences medical management for this patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)770-776
Number of pages7
JournalGenetics in Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • array comparative genomic hybridization
  • autism
  • chromosomal microarray
  • developmental delay
  • genetic testing
  • intellectual disability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)


Dive into the research topics of 'Chromosomal microarray testing influences medical management'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this