Clinically relevant DNA viruses in pregnancy

Jasper Linthorst, Matthijs R. A. Welkers, Erik A. Sistermans*

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Infections by DNA viruses during pregnancy are associated with increased health risks to both mother and fetus. Although not all DNA viruses are related to an increased risk of complications during pregnancy, several can directly infect the fetus and/or cause placental dysfunction. During Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing analysis, the presence of viral DNA can be detected, theoretically allowing screening early in pregnancy. Although treatment options are currently limited, this might rapidly change in the near future. It is therefore important to be aware of the potential impact of these viruses on feto-maternal health. In this manuscript we provide a brief introduction into the most commonly detected DNA viruses in human cell-free DNA sequencing experiments and their pathogenic potential during pregnancy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPrenatal Diagnosis
Early online date2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2022

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