The POCScreen test is done on the tissue from the miscarriage to evaluate the presence of abnormal chromosome numbers and determine if the miscarriage was caused by the chromosomal abnormality.
The test aims to give you answers after a loss and provide your healthcare provider with information for reproductive counselling.
What is a chromosomal abnormality?
Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes (46 in total) within almost every cell in our body. One chromosome of each pair comes from our mother, and the other from our father. The first chromosome pairs are labelled 1-22. The last pair of these chromosomes are the sex chromosomes, which determine gender. Females usually have two X chromosomes, and males have an X and a Y chromosome. A change in the number of chromosomes can lead to a change in development, which may result in a miscarriage. POC can detect extra copies of a chromosome (three copies) called trisomy, missing copies of a chromosome (only one copy) called monosomy, as well as, duplications and deletions (extra or missing pieces of chromosomes). Any changes to the normal chromosome makeup can result in a miscarriage.
The aim of POCScreen is to give you answers after a pregnancy loss and provide your healthcare provider with information and insight for future reproductive planning and counselling.
Private rate R 6195
Coverable by certain medical aids with a valid authorisation number
Please note that all prices include VAT and are subject to change.
Yes. Most medical aids will cover the cost of the test using the hospital authorisation number. If you are not admitted to hospital for the procedure, there will be no procedure authorisation code and medical aid will therefore not cover the cost of the test. It is advisable to always confirm with your medical aid directly, before going ahead with testing.
Yes, your results will be sent directly to your referring healthcare provider. You will need to contact them directly for your results.
Results take 7-10 working days provided that consent and payment/authorisation has been received.