March 20, 2023 by Marjorie R. Rogers, MA (English), Certified Consultant
A molar pregnancy is a type of gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) that occurs when abnormal tissue grows inside the uterus instead of a baby. This tissue is usually benign (noncancerous), but in some cases, it can become cancerous. A molar pregnancy can be misdiagnosed as an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.
Symptoms of a molar pregnancy include bleeding, abdominal pain, and nausea/vomiting. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.
A molar pregnancy is a very rare type of pregnancy where the fertilized egg doesn’t develop into a baby. Instead, it forms an abnormal mass of tissue in the uterus. A molar pregnancy can be misdiagnosed as a normal pregnancy or even as a miscarriage.
In some cases, it’s not diagnosed until after the woman has given birth to what appears to be a healthy baby. While molar pregnancies are very rare, they are more common in certain populations, such as women over age 35 and those who have had previous molar pregnancies. If you have any symptoms of a molar pregnancy, such as bleeding or passing clumps of tissue, you should see your doctor right away for an accurate diagnosis.
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What Can Be Mistaken for Molar Pregnancy?
Molar pregnancy is a rare condition that can occur when a fertilized egg doesn’t develop properly. The result is an abnormal mass of tissue that grows in the uterus instead of a baby. Although molar pregnancy may be mistaken for a normal pregnancy at first, there are several key differences that can help to distinguish it from a healthy pregnancy.
For example, women with molar pregnancy often have unusually high levels of hCG, the hormone that’s responsible for triggering nausea and vomiting during early pregnancy. They may also experience rapid growth of the uterine lining and bleeding. If you suspect you may be experiencing molar pregnancy, it’s important to see your doctor right away for confirmatory testing.
Although molar pregnancies usually resolve on their own without any treatment, there is a small risk for complications such as cancerous growths developing in the abnormal tissue. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to ensure the best possible outcome.
Can Complete Molar Pregnancy Be Misdiagnosed?
Yes, molar pregnancy can be misdiagnosed. This is because molar pregnancy can often mimic a normal pregnancy on ultrasounds and blood tests. The only way to definitively diagnose a molar pregnancy is through a tissue biopsy.
Can Twins Be Mistaken for Molar Pregnancy?
Yes, it is possible for twins to be misdiagnosed as a molar pregnancy. This can happen if the twins share a placenta and one of the twins has an abnormal growth that resembles a molar pregnancy. If the ultrasound technician is not experienced in diagnosing twin pregnancies, they may mistake this for a molar pregnancy.
How Long Does It Take to Diagnose a Molar Pregnancy?
A molar pregnancy is usually diagnosed during a routine ultrasound scan. However, if the gestational sac appears empty or there are no fetal parts visible, your doctor may order a follow-up scan in 1-2 weeks to confirm the diagnosis. In some cases, a blood test may also be ordered to measure levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
Partial Molar Pregnancy With Heartbeat
A partial molar pregnancy with heartbeat is a type of pregnancy where the placenta develops abnormally and grows too large. This can cause problems for the mother and baby, including an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm labor, and high blood pressure. If you are pregnant and have been diagnosed with a partial molar pregnancy, it is important to monitor your symptoms closely and speak with your doctor about your treatment options.
A molar pregnancy is a type of gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) that occurs when the fertilized egg doesn’t develop into a baby. Instead, it becomes a mass of abnormal tissue that grows in the uterus. Molar pregnancies are rare, accounting for only 1% of all pregnancies.
While most molar pregnancies are benign (non-cancerous), some can turn cancerous. Molar pregnancies can be difficult to diagnose because they often mimic normal pregnancies in the early stages. The most common symptom of a molar pregnancy, which can occur during the first trimester or later in the pregnancy.
Other symptoms include nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, and rapid enlargement of the uterus. Ultrasound is typically used to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment for a molar pregnancy involves the removal of the abnormal tissue through surgery (hysterectomy).
In some cases, chemotherapy may also be necessary if there are signs that the disease has spread beyond the uterus.
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