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  • How to Interpret a "Positive" First Trimester Screen

    A reader left the following comment on a post I wrote regarding "Abnormal First Trimester Screening Results." I have gotten this question repeatedly since we have begun offering this procedure for early aneuploidy (chromosomal abnormalities) scree...

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  • Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss - 4 - Anatomic Causes

    The next factors for recurrent early pregnancy loss we should discuss are anatomic causes, specifically, uterine abnormalities. Uterine abnormalities probably account for about 10% of the cases of recurrent early pregnancy losses. The most commo...

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  • Readers Questions About Du Blood Types and Cholestasis of Pregnancy

    Below are two great comments/questions that were left on previous posts addressing Implications of a Negative Blood Type and Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy which should be of general interest for readers... Tue Sep 11, 07:24:00 AM 2007 beeg...

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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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  • 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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  • Amniocentesis Q & A

    Yesterday, I addressed the issue of ‘risk’ related to amniocentesis. I thought I should clarify that there are many different reasons we do an amniocentesis, and there are many different times during a pregnancy when it might be indicated that thi...

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  • Diabetes in Pregnancy - 11 - Hemoglobin A1c and Diabetic Control

    In our last post, we discussed the preconceptional evaluation of the woman with pregestational diabetes – this evaluation pertains to women with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. As part of the evaluation, we mentioned screening for ‘hemoglobin A...

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

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