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Chorionic Villus Sampling

Alternate Names : CVS

Chorionic Villus Sampling | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

After a CVS, the woman should avoid strenuous exercise for 1 to 2 days. One out of five women have cramps after a CVS. One out of three have vaginal bleeding or spotting. These effects usually stop within a few days. Preliminary results from the test will be available in 3 to 4 days. Final results are usually ready within 2 weeks.

What are the potential complications after the procedure?

The biggest risk of CVS is miscarriage. It occurs in 1 to 2 out of 100 cases. This is slightly higher than the risk with amniocentesis, which causes miscarriage in 1 out of 200 cases. There is also a slight risk of infection from the procedure. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: Eva Martin, MD
Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
Date Reviewed: 05/04/01

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