The effect of chorionic villus sampling on the fraction of cell-free fetal DNA in maternal plasma

Amber R. Samuel*, Moeun Son, Cande V. Ananth, Ronald J. Wapner

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Objective: This study aims to assess whether the fraction of cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) is different at 24 h or 7 days after chorionic villus sampling (CVS), compared to subjects that do not undergo CVS.Methods: Pregnant women undergoing CVS for genetic testing and matched subjects undergoing first trimester combined screening alone were enrolled between 110/7 and 136/7 weeks gestation. The fractions of cffDNA were compared before the procedure, 24 h after and 7 days after between CVS patients and ultrasound-only patients.Results: Forty-five women underwent CVS and 45 had ultrasound alone. The women undergoing CVS were, on average, older (36.8 years versus 28.5 years, p=0.001) and had a higher baseline fraction of cffDNA than women in the comparison group (11.4% versus 9.8%, p=0.033). Both groups had a decrease in the mean fraction of cffDNA after 24 h. After 7 days, the trend of the mean fraction of cffDNA continued to decline in the CVS group but began to trend toward an increase in the ultrasound only group.Conclusions: CVS does not significantly increase the fraction of cell free fetal (placental) DNA in the maternal plasma. A downward trend in cffDNA in maternal plasma is seen at 24 h and 7 days following CVS compared to baseline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2654-2657
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 17 2016


  • Cell-free fetal DNA
  • chorionic villus sampling
  • fetal fraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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