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  • Constipation in Pregnancy

    A writer recently requested some information regarding "constipation in pregnancy." Having just gotten over the consequences of my Norovirus infection, I thought I might welcome a little constipation in my life, even if it isn't one of our more 'm...

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  • Quintuplet Story - A Physician's Perspective

    Before I became distracted by a plethora of administrative responsibilities, I was in the middle of writing a series about multiple gestations. Although I did not want to spend a lot of time discussing 'high order multiples' (three or more babies)...

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  • Down Syndrome and Folate Metabolism

    The other day I received a comment from Sheila on my post related to MTHFR mutations and fetal cardiovascular malformations. She reported that she had had a history of recurrent pregnancy losses (x 4) and during her ‘work-up’ for the same was foun...

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  • ACOG Annual Meeting - San Diego

    Hey guys. On the road again. Decided to go to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Annual Meeting in San Diego starting this weekend. Since my specialty area is in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, I don’t get to the ACOG Meet...

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  • Reflections on How I Became an Obstetrician

    I will never forget the day I decided to go into obstetrics. As a senior medical student at Duke University, I went to see Dr. Stanley A. Gall in OB/GYN to request a letter of recommendation for the residency I had lined up in dermatology. My grad...

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  • Breast Cancer During Pregnancy - Overview

    This month is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” According to 2005 American Cancer Society estimates, 211,240 women developed breast cancer and 40,410 died from the disease that year. The risk for breast cancer rises with age and the lifetime risk...

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  • Percutaneous Umbilical Blood Sampling (PUBS)

    In several previous posts, we addressed issues related to invasive diagnostic fetal testing, covering amniocentesis (early and midtrimester) and chorionic villus sampling. I got side-tracked by the ACOG Meeting in San Diego and just remembered tha...

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  • Grand Rounds 3.29 - Thanks Dr. Dork!

    Many thanks to Dr. Dork at Blogspot.com for including a link to my summary post on the basic evaluation of the woman (couple) with recurrent early pregnancy loss in this week's Grand Rounds 3.29. Gathering from the response I have gotten to my se...

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  • Low PAPP-A and Celiac Disease in Pregnancy

    One of the reasons I love the comments we get from our readers is that they often make me look at pregnancy-related conditions and complications from a different perspective. I stated from the outset of this blog that I was looking forward to par...

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  • A Loss of Twins and Missed Opportunities for Cerclage

    Recently, a reader left the comment below. The value and use of cervical cerclage continues to come into question. There are major institutions in this country where it is not considered to be a useful procedure and have abandoned or severely li...

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

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