In pre-eclampsia, there is an almost five fold increase in fetal DNA in the maternal circulation compared with controls [28,29]. In women destined to develop pre-eclampsia, fetal DNA is noted to be elevated before the disease becomes symptomatic . A two stage rise is noted in these patients. Raised levels of fetal DNA were detected as early as 17 weeks gestation followed by a second rise approximately 3 weeks before the onset of symptoms . This phenomenon may allow both screening for the disease, as well as indicating impending pre-eclampsia. However, this test is not yet in routine clinical practice as it requires further validation.
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