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  • Elevated FSH and Aneuploidy?

    The reader whose comments are featured below has had two miscarriages associated with chromosomally abnormal babies. She also has several medical problems that may or may not decrease her chances for a successful pregnancy. I thought her question...

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  • Amniotic Fluid - 7 - Complications Related to Polyhydramnios

    When excessive amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios or, simply, hydramnios) is present, there are increased risks of complications for both mother and baby. Some of the risks to the baby are obvious if there is an identifiable etiology for the hydramni...

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  • Anogenital Warts (Condylomata acuminata) and Pregnancy

    I recently completed a seven-part series on cervical dysplasia and cancer in pregnancy. The incentive to begin that series came from a young patient who had a mildy abnormal Pap test and extensive involvement of her vagina, vulva, and perianal are...

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  • Assessing Fetal Lung Maturity - 2

    The fetal lungs are the last organ system to “mature” so that survival outside the womb is possible. Maturity involves several components. First, there must be sufficient surface area within the lung to allow sufficient exchange of gases (oxygen...

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  • Implications of a "Negative" Blood Type

    Recently, a reader, Lynda, became pregnant and found out that her blood type is “Rh-negative” and was concerned about what that meant - ”I am really worried and no one has explained it to me.” Well, Lynda, let me explain that to you in a way I ho...

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  • Post-op Dr T!

    Well, it has been exactly a week since my shoulder surgery and let me tell you how much I am NOT enjoying being a patient. I am also not a very good one. Things went pretty much as expected. After placing a ‘scalene block’ in the shoulder, the ...

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  • Assessing Fetal Lung Maturity - 3 - L/S Ratios and Phosphatidylglycerol

    In our last two posts we explained the rationale for assessing fetal lung maturity – minimizing the risks for fetal complications related to respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). This has become increasingly important as we try to reduce the morbi...

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  • More Highlights from the 2007 SMFM Meeting in San Francisco

    Over the past several days there have been many more fascinating presentations at this year’s SMFM Meeting. In all the time I have attended this meeting, I have not seen research at this level presented. Unfortunately, much of the information wo...

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  • "A Stitch in Time..."

    Today, let’s take a break from my ‘lecture series’ on preterm birth and present a real-life patient who illustrates a scenario in which experience, technology, and timely intervention averted a tragic pregnancy outcome from PTB…Recently, we helped...

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  • Experience Grand Rounds 3.15 at Musings of the Distractible Mind!

    Thanks to Rob Lamberts and the Musings of a Distractible Mind website for including a link to my post "Poop is Part of Parturition" in his pyrotechnically correct and highly entertaining edition of the New Year's Grand Rounds 3.15. Glad I could c...

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

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