- 1 WHAT IS IT?
- 2 WHAT CAUSES IT?
- 3 WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?
- 4 WHAT MAKES US SUSPECT IT?
- 5 CLINICAL WORKUP
- 6 AT WHAT POINT DO WE FEEL CONFIDENT IN MAKING THE DIAGNOSIS?
- 7 WHAT ELSE ARE WE WORRIED ABOUT?
- 8 HOW DO WE TREAT IT?
- 9 HOW WELL DO THE PATIENTS DO?
- 10 WAS THERE A WAY TO PREVENT IT?
- 11 ARCHIVE OF STANDARDIZED EXAM QUESTIONS
- 12 FURTHER READING
WHAT IS IT?
A hydatidiform mole (molar pregnancy) is a abnormal (but noncancerous) trophoblastic growth in the uterus that develops as a result of a non-viable pregnancy.
There are 2 amor types of molar pregnancy:
Complete molar pregnancy:
- Usually diploid
- No fetus, amnion, or fetal red blood cells
Partial molar pregnancy:
- Usually triploid
- Fetus is often present with amnion and red blood cells
WHAT CAUSES IT?
An error in fertilization ultimately is the cause of this condition. This can inlcude:
- Fertilization of a nuclear ovum
- Normal ovum fertilized by 2 spermatozoa
WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?
WHAT MAKES US SUSPECT IT?
Young (<20 years old) or old (> 40 years old) maternal age
- Vaginal bleeding
- Passage of molar vesicles
History Of Present Illness
Physical Exam Findings
Elevated hCG levels are characteristic of this condition.
Ultrasound can show different findings based upon the type of molar pregnancy.
- “Snowstorm” patter of echogenic material common
AT WHAT POINT DO WE FEEL CONFIDENT IN MAKING THE DIAGNOSIS?
WHAT ELSE ARE WE WORRIED ABOUT?
HOW DO WE TREAT IT?
Suction dilation and curettage is the preferred treatment for this condition.
HOW WELL DO THE PATIENTS DO?
WAS THERE A WAY TO PREVENT IT?
ARCHIVE OF STANDARDIZED EXAM QUESTIONS
This archive compiles standardized exam questions that relate to this topic.
Page Updated: 09.12.2016