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2005-09-22-07 Molar pregnancy © Cuillier

Molar pregnancy 

Fabrice Cuillier,1 MD, Bouquet A.,2 MD

1. Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hôpital Félix Guyon, rue des Topazes, 97400 Saint-Denis, Reunion Island, France. Ph : 0262 90 55 22.
2. Obstetrician,  Clinique Saint Vincent , Paris avenue, 97400 Saint-Denis, Reunion Island, France

These are the serial scans of a 30-year-old G2, P1 with partial molar gestation. There were no signs of twin gestation. An amniocentesis performed revealed a normal karyotype of the fetus. The couple decided to continue the pregnancy.

As the gestation advanced, the molar mass decreased in size.


The fetal growth was normal until the 27th week of gestation, when isolated right cerebral ventriculomegaly was noted. The rest of the fetal structures were normal. The placenta also appeared normal.

At 32 weeks of gestation, fetal growth retardation was noted. The baby was delivered at 34 weeks of gestation and weighed 1.8 kg. The placenta was sent for histopathology which showed evidence of partial mole, but no signs of malignancy.

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