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Molar Pregnancy 

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Miscarriage - Causes

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Molar Pregnancy (Hydatidiform Mole):

 

Molar pregnancy is very rare. It is also called “a mole".  A molar pregnancy is the result of a (purely chance) genetic error during the fertilisation process that in turn

causes the growth of abnormal tissue (which is not an embryo) within the uterus.  The growth of this material is very rapid compared to normal foetal growth.  It has the appearance of a large and random collection of grape-like cell clusters.

 

There are two types of hydatidiform molar pregnancy, ‘complete’ and ‘partial’.

 

In a ‘complete mole’ the mass of tissue is completely made up of abnormal cells that would have become the placenta in a normal pregnancy. There is no foetus and nothing can be found at the time of the first scan.

 

In a ‘partial mole’, the mass may contain both these abnormal cells and often a foetus that has severe defects. In this case the foetus will be consumed by the growing abnormal mass very quickly.  

 

Another (extremely rare) version of a partial mole is when twins are conceived but one embryo begins to develop normally whilst the other is a mole.  In these cases, the healthy embryo will again very quickly be consumed by the abnormal growth.

 

 

For the more scientifically minded amongst you:

 

Complete moles often have a diploid (double) karyotype (chromosome analysis) 46,XX due to fertilisation of an empty egg by a single sperm followed by reduplication of the haploid (single) chromosome.

 

Partial moles have a triploid (triple) karyotype (69,XXX or 69,XXY) due to the fertilisation of a single egg with two sperm.

 

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Molar Pregnancy - Treatment

The Dilation & Curettage Procedure

Handling The Loss

 

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