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  • Readers' Questions Regarding Rh-immune Globulin

    Like GBS (see our last post), another common source of questions and confusion in uncomplicated pregnancies is the significance of being an Rh-negative woman. It is another one of those things we screen for routinely, and when found, add to our 'p...

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  • Amniotic Fluid - 5 - Evaluation and Management of Oligohydramnios

    Just as the fetal outcome depends on the degree, underlying cause, timing during development and longevity of decreased amniotic fluid, to some extent, so do the management options. When the baby has complete absence of both kidneys (bilateral re...

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  • ABO Incompatibility

    Many babies become 'jaundiced' after birth, primarily, as the result of ABO incompatibility. The reader below had a baby who developed severe complications with the same - fortunately a rare event - but gives us reason to discuss this condition a...

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  • Letter to My Readers

    Dear Readers,A week or so back I received the comment below buried under one of my posts. It troubled me a lot, but it came at a good time, because it made me focus on some of the concerns I have had regarding my role on this site and your expec...

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  • Fetal Nasal Bone Assessment in First Trimester Screening for Aneuploidy

    The reader below underwent combined first trimester screening for aneuploidy and during the process, the baby was found to have an absent nasal bone. Due to the difficulty in routinely obtaining a definitive assessment of the nasal bone, and its c...

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  • Thanks Kim at Emergiblog!

    Thanks Kim for mentioning my recent post “The "Flu" and Pregnancy: Get Smart, Get Vaccinated NOW” in your weekly Emergiblog Grand Rounds. Honored to be included among the contributors and love your format. Tall Chocolate though, I'm not! Maybe a...

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  • Low PAPP-A in Presence of Low Risk for Fetal Aneuploidy

    Below are comments from a woman aged 44 who is carrying a pregnancy conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF) using a ‘donor egg’ from a 21 year old woman. She had combined first trimester screening done with composite results that were very reas...

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  • Diabetes in Pregnancy - 5 - Diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes

    In our last post, we discussed the basic differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes and concluded with the characterization of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), diabetes that is first expressed (or detected) as the result of pregnancy, as f...

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  • Multiple Gestations - 3 - Common Complications

    Although we have focused our discussion of multiple gestations to this point on twins, higher order multiples (i.e., triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets, etc) also occur but, fortunately, much less often than twins. The hypothesis of Hellin predict...

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  • Obstetrical Ultrasound and Lefthandedness?

    In our last post, following a distraught patient’s request and one of our own reader’s queries, and at the risk of putting myself out of a job, we began to address the issue of safety of obstetrical ultrasound procedures for the developing baby. ...

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

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