Report of Positive Placental Swabs for SARS-CoV-2 in an Asymptomatic Pregnant Woman with COVID-19

Medicina (Kaunas). 2020 Jun 22;56(6):306. doi: 10.3390/medicina56060306.


Currently, limited data on maternal and neonatal outcomes of pregnant women with infection and pneumonia related to SARS coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) are available. Our report aims to describe a case of placental swabs positive for the molecular research on severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2 RNA in an asymptomatic woman with positive rhino-pharyngeal swab for SARS-CoV-2 who underwent an urgent cesarean section in our obstetrics unit. Sample collection, processing, and laboratory testing were conducted in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) guidance. In the next months, conclusive data on obstetrical outcomes concerning the gestational age and pregnancy comorbidity as well as the eventual maternal-fetal transmission are needed.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; cesarean section; placenta; placental swab; pregnancy; rhino-pharyngeal swab.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Betacoronavirus / isolation & purification*
  • Cesarean Section
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnosis*
  • Coronavirus Infections / transmission*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Vertical*
  • Pandemics
  • Placenta / virology*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnosis*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / transmission*
  • Pregnancy

Supplementary concepts

  • COVID-19
  • severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2