Fruit of the Womb
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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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  • Preterm Birth: Mortality Rates Doubled!

    In one of my first posts on preterm birth (PTB), Preterm Birth: An American Tragedy, it was mentioned that early delivery had surpassed birth defects and genetic abnormalities as the leading cause of death in the first year of life in the United S...

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  • Asherman's Syndrome

    Recently, several readers have requested information or had complications I suspect are related to "Asherman's syndrome." Two comments and my responses are included below...Julia Mangan has left a new comment on your post "Request to My Readers......

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  • Quintuplet Story: A Physician's Perspective - 4

    On April 6, 2007, at 27 6/7 weeks, Joy began having more “pelvic pressure” and the decision was made to give her corticosteroids to accelerate fetal lung maturation. Serial ultrasounds had shown that one of the babies was developing intrauterine ...

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

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