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  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV): Primary or Recurrent Infection?

    Perhaps the hardest part of making the diagnosis of CMV infection during pregnancy in mother and baby is simply suspecting that it might be a problem. Certainly, if the woman develops a prolonged (weeks) febrile illness, resembling infectious mono...

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  • Heterozygosity for Homocystinuria and Heterotaxia Syndromes?

    Although I have had a hard time keeping up with new posts lately because of added responsibilities at the job that feeds my family, I have tried to keep up with my responses to the many comments I have received.. However, today I opened my mailbo...

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  • No Fault Compensation for "Birth-Related Neurological Injuries?"

    Today I went to testify before a State Senate Judiciary Subcommittee that is proposing legislation for a no-fault “Birth-Related Neurological Injuries” bill. Currently such legislation is in place in only two states, Virginia and Florida. The fo...

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  • Cervical Incomptence and Cerclage - 4 - Diagnosis

    As pointed out in our previous posts on this subject, one of the greatest frustrations of cervical incompetence has been to establish its diagnosis in a timely and reliable fashion. Since multiple factors can contribute to cervical incompetence, ...

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  • Oral Contraceptives and Infertility?

    Hello to all my readers and Happy Thanksgiving! It has been about a month since I have managed to get any of your comments in my mailbox and I am afraid ‘Blogger’ is still having problems in that I cannot respond to about half of the questions I ...

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  • Affect of Smoking on PAPP-A Levels in First Trimester Screening for Aneuploidy

    The reader below underwent combined first trimester screening for aneuploidy. The composite result was very reassuring with regard to her risks for Down syndrome and trisomies 18/13, however, she also observed that both her PAPP-A (Pregnancy-Asso...

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  • Comments on Your Comments!

    I have been ill myself (nothing serious, just miserable) for the past week and have had a hard time writing much except to respond to some of your questions. When I can get my brain to work again, I promise to finish up my series on “Hypertensive ...

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  • Grand Rounds 4.27 at Monash Medical Student

    Many thanks to Jeffrey Leow at Monash Medical Student for the hard work in putting together a great collection of Grand Rounds offerings. Thanks also for including a link to my recent post that reviewed Chromosomal Mosaicism Detected at the Time ...

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  • Groundrules for Comments and Communication

    As some of our regular readers already know, about 6 months ago I took on the role of interim Chair in our Department of OB/GYN. The added responsibilities have drastically cut into the time and energy I have had to devote to this site, although ...

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  • Amniotic Fluid - 3 - Oligohydramnios: Causes of Too Little Amniotic Fluid

    Having discussed where amniotic fluid comes from and how we assess amniotic fluid volume, let’s address the most common amniotic fluid abnormality – too little fluid or oligohydramnios. There are 3 primary reasons why there is too little amniotic...

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

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