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How is a molar pregnancy diagnosed?

In some cases, a molar pregnancy will be detected as part of a routine ultrasound during early pregnancy. Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and your medical history. They may ask questions about any previous pregnancies, births, miscarriages or abortions. Tests may include: a pelvic examination; an ultrasound to investigate the uterus, and; a blood test to detect levels of human chorionic gonadotropin. Other tests such as a computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be recommended if other health conditions (including more serious forms of gestational trophoblastic disease) are suspected of causing symptoms.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 07 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Miscarriage


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