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  • Two First Trimester Miscarriages

    First , I would like to apologize to all my readers and especially to those who left comments and were hoping for timely responses. I took a week's vacation at the beach and brought the computer with me to keep up with my blogging, but there was n...

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  • Ethnic Differences in Components of First Trimester Screening for Aneupolidy

    In our last post, we briefly discussed the use of fetal nasal bone (NB) assessment in first trimester screening for aneuploidy and mentioned in passing that ethnic differences have been described. The reader below was curious to find out if ethnic...

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  • Readers' Questions About Rh-negative Blood Types and Complications

    Hello again. I apologize to all of you for my recent 'down-time' but the Chairman of our department decided to retire on very short notice and I have been put in the position of 'interim Chair' until we can get someone to replace him. I sincerely ...

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  • "To B or not to B...": Comments on FDA Approval of Plan B

    In my last post, I discussed the high rates of maternal mortality related mostly to complications of bleeding and infection in the U.S. prior to the era of modern care that really began in the 1940’s with the availability of antibiotics and blood ...

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  • Assessing Fetal Lung Maturity - 4 - TDx-FLM, Lamellar Body Count, and Foam Stability Index

    In our last post, we described the two earliest tests that were introduced in the 1970’s to assess fetal lung maturity – the lecithin/sphingomyelin (L/S) ratio and detection of phosphatidylyglycerol. Originally, both of these tests were performed...

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  • Thanks to Jon and the AADT Crew for Grand Rounds Vol. 3 No.12

    Thank you to Anxiety, Addiction and Depression Treatments for including my personal recollections regarding the first HIV patient, who just happened to be pregnant, I ever took care of (too many years ago), even before we had a name and a cause fo...

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  • Diabetes in Pregnancy -3 - Normal Changes in Insulin Sensitivity

    In our second post on diabetes in pregnancy, we gave a simple overview of glucose metabolism and discussed the essential role insulin plays in assuring that glucose gets into the cell. Pregnancy alters the normal balances involved in glucose metab...

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  • Recurrent Cystic Hygromas

    Kristi has left a new comment on your post "Fetal Cystic Hygromas in First Trimester": Dear Dr.T, With my first pregnancy a cystic hygroma was found at 13 weeks. I had an amniocentesis done which came back normal for all genetic and chromosomal ab...

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  • The New "Normal" Pregnancy

    Every day is different and every pregnant woman is unique. Pregnancy is a dynamic process in which the mother’s physical state changes daily from the moment of conception until many weeks after delivery. The hormonal, physiologic, and immunologic ...

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  • Chromosomal Abnormalities and Multiple Gestations - 3

    To bring those of you just jumping into this discussion up to speed, in our last two regular posts on the subject of “Chromosomal Abnormalities in Multiple Gestations,” we presented a case in which a 40 year old woman, who conceived twins by IVF a...

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Dr. Trofatter is an expert on maternal-fetal medicine.

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