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  • Diabetes in Pregnancy - 9 - Use of Oral Hypoglycemic Agents

    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and type 2 diabetes comprise more than 95% of the diabetes complicating pregnancy. Both are characterized by a relative (not absolute) deficiency in insulin as the result of inadequate production/secretion, pe...

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  • Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss - 1 - Implantation

    In our last post we discussed the high frequency of early pregnancy losses in first conceptions that probably results from a naive maternal immune response to the fetal tissues; and also the high frequency of chromosomal abnormalities as the most ...

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  • Chromosomal Abnormalities and Multiple Gestations - 2

    …After talking with one of our genetic counselors, I went back into the room (see previous post). By this time, they had both used some tissues and were ready to talk more. They agreed to see the counselor and we walked across the hall to her of...

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  • Elevated FSH and Aneuploidy?

    The reader whose comments are featured below has had two miscarriages associated with chromosomally abnormal babies. She also has several medical problems that may or may not decrease her chances for a successful pregnancy. I thought her question...

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  • Amniotic Fluid - 7 - Complications Related to Polyhydramnios

    When excessive amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios or, simply, hydramnios) is present, there are increased risks of complications for both mother and baby. Some of the risks to the baby are obvious if there is an identifiable etiology for the hydramni...

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  • Anogenital Warts (Condylomata acuminata) and Pregnancy

    I recently completed a seven-part series on cervical dysplasia and cancer in pregnancy. The incentive to begin that series came from a young patient who had a mildy abnormal Pap test and extensive involvement of her vagina, vulva, and perianal are...

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  • Assessing Fetal Lung Maturity - 2

    The fetal lungs are the last organ system to “mature” so that survival outside the womb is possible. Maturity involves several components. First, there must be sufficient surface area within the lung to allow sufficient exchange of gases (oxygen...

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  • Implications of a "Negative" Blood Type

    Recently, a reader, Lynda, became pregnant and found out that her blood type is “Rh-negative” and was concerned about what that meant - ”I am really worried and no one has explained it to me.” Well, Lynda, let me explain that to you in a way I ho...

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  • Post-op Dr T!

    Well, it has been exactly a week since my shoulder surgery and let me tell you how much I am NOT enjoying being a patient. I am also not a very good one. Things went pretty much as expected. After placing a ‘scalene block’ in the shoulder, the ...

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  • Assessing Fetal Lung Maturity - 3 - L/S Ratios and Phosphatidylglycerol

    In our last two posts we explained the rationale for assessing fetal lung maturity – minimizing the risks for fetal complications related to respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). This has become increasingly important as we try to reduce the morbi...

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

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