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  • Grand Rounds Thanks to ScienceRoll

    Many thanks to Bertalan Mesko at "ScienceRoll" for Grand Rounds 4.22: The Future of Medicine and for including a link to my post regarding "Abnormal Sperm Morphology and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss." When we evaluate the couple for recurrent early pr...

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  • Retinal Arteriole Occlusion in Early Pregnancy

    The comment below was left on a recent post regarding "Readers' Questions Related to MTHFR Polymorphisms." The reader presents a very unusual complication early in her first pregnancy - retinal arteriole occlusion - and the response to her query ...

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  • Misunderstanding Group B Streptococcus (GBS)

    There is not a week that goes by when I don't get a bunch of questions regarding Group B Streptoccus (GBS) infections, either on this site or at the office. GBS is an endless source of stress, misunderstanding, and sometimes over-reaction. For exa...

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  • Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS): A Reader's Query

    Before I respond to the reader below, I wanted to explain why you have not seen much of me lately at “Fruit of the Womb.” Those of you who have followed this blog for awhile may know that I had some medical problems of my own dating back the last...

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  • Uterus Transplant?: Whatever!!!!!

    It was recently announced that a New York hospital is making plans to perform the first uterus transplant. The press release announced that "the hospital's ethics board has conditionally approved the plans." The physicians involved in the project...

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  • Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss - 11 - Therapeutic Interventions

    Our patient with recurrent early pregnancy loss has come to us desperately wanting to know” Why? What’s wrong with me? What can be done to help?” She is at the point where she needs more than simple reassurances, although that is still an importa...

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  • Maternal Mortality Rates Rise

    Within the past week the National Center for Health Statistics released its annual report on mortality in the U.S. for the year 2004 (National Vital Statistics Reports. 2007. 55;19) Buried as the last area of comment in the report were the materna...

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  • Down Syndrome and Folate Metabolism - 3

    In my last two posts (prompted by a query from Sheila, a woman who is homozygous for the MTHFR C677T polymorphism and had a baby with Down syndrome) we have tried to make a case for an association of abnormalities in folic acid/methylation metabol...

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  • Molar Pregnancy vs. Hydropic Degeneration

    As detailed in the reader's comment below, she had an early pregnancy loss and her doctors were concerned that she had a molar pregnancy. Sometimes it is very difficult to differentiate by ultrasound a true molar pregnancy from simple 'hydropic de...

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  • Case of Elevated Inhibin with a Midtrimester Maternal Serum Screen

    I have spent most of my free time this week, the little I seem to have anymore, catching up with all of the readers' comments that accumulated while I took my vacation. One thing that seems to be a constant in medicine is that you can turn off yo...

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

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