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First-trimester screening for trisomies by cfDNA testing of maternal blood in singleton and twin pregnancies: factors affecting test failure

Slavyana Galeva, María Del Mar Gil, Liountmila Konstantinidou, Ranjit Akolekar, Kypros H Nicolaides
Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology 2019 April 11

OBJECTIVES: To examine factors affecting the failure rate to obtain a result from (cf) DNA testing of maternal blood for fetal trisomies 21, 18 and 13 in singleton and twin pregnancies in the first trimester of pregnancy.

METHODS: This was a prospective study in 23,495 singleton and 928 twin pregnancies undergoing screening for fetal trisomies by targeted cfDNA testing at 10+0 -14+1 weeks' gestation. Multivariate regression analysis was used to determine significant predictors of failure to obtain a result after first sampling.

RESULTS: There was no result from cfDNA testing after first sampling in 3.4% (798/23,495) of singletons, 11.3% (91/806) of DC twins and in 4.9% (6/122) of MC twins. Multivariate logistic regression analysis demonstrated that the risk of test failure first, increased with increasing maternal age (odds ratio (OR) 1.02; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.01, 1.04) and weight (OR 1.05; 95% CI 1.04, 1.05), decreasing gestational age (OR 0.85; 95% CI 0.79, 0.91) and serum PAPP-A (OR 0.56; 95% CI 0.49, 0.64) and free ß-hCG (OR 0.67; 95% CI 0.60, 0.74), second, was higher in women of Black (OR 1.72; 95% CI 1.33, 2.20) and South Asian (OR 1.99; 95% CI 1.56, 2.52) than White racial origin, in dichorionic twin (OR 1.75; 95% CI 1.34, 2.25) than singleton pregnancy and in in vitro fertilization (OR 3.82; 95% CI 3.19, 4.55) than natural conception and third, was lower in parous (OR 0.63; 95% CI 0.55, 0.74) than nulliparous women.

CONCLUSIONS: Maternal age, weight, racial origin and parity, gestational age, dichorionicity, method of conception and serum levels of free ß-hCG and PAPP-A are independent predictors of cfDNA test failure. The risk of test failure is higher in dichorionic twin than in singleton pregnancies, mainly because a higher proportion of twins are conceived by in vitro fertilization and more of the women are nulliparous. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.


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