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Molar pregnancy

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Date: 2001-04-06

Question:
What is a molar pregnancy? What treatment is recommended for possible cancerous conditions associated with molar pregnancy? Information much appreciated.

Answer:
A molar pregnancy is a pregnancy with an abnormal placental development. Usually there is no fetus and less often there is a fetus besides this very abnormal placenta. The molar tissue usually secretes excessive quantities of one of the hormones of pregnancy. This is therefore a good test for molar pregnancy. The combination of the levels of this hormone and the appearance of the molar tissue on ultrasound lead usually to the diagnosis. The therapy is an evacuation of the uterus by D&C. There is a need to follow the beta-HCG levels to ensure that there is a cure and that this tumor did not convert to its malignant sequela - choriocarcinoma. Once therapy is successful it is usually recommended not to get pregnant for a year as pregnancy is associated with a rise in beta-HCG and therfore makes the follow-up of these levels impossible.

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