THROMBOCYTOPENIA AND PREGNANCY, Nathan Fox, MD (Digital)

By on February 2, 2017

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What is Thrombocytopenia? Thrombocytopenia is a deficiency of platelets in the blood, defined when the platelet count is less than 150,000. This deficiency occurs in approximately 5 percent of normal pregnancies. Thrombocytopenia may lead to increased bleeding, bruising, or abnormal blood clotting. What causes Thrombocytopenia? The most common causes of thrombocytopenia are lab error (due

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SICKLE CELL DISEASE AND PREGNANCY, Nathan Fox, MD (Digital)

By on January 20, 2017

Women with sickle cell disease (SCD) are at an increased risk of several complications during pregnancy, both obstetrical and medical. If you have SCD, you will require coordinated multidisciplinary care and close follow-up during pregnancy. In pregnancy, patients with SCD are at an increased risk of thrombosis (blood clots), infections, pulmonary complications, sickle crises, and

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POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME (PCOS), Nathan Fox, MD (Digital)

By on January 12, 2017

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common cause of infertility in the United States. This syndrome affects 5 to 10 percent of all women of reproductive age. PCOS is characterized by oligomenorrhea (irregular periods), hyperandrogenism (high levels of testosterone and other hormones), chronic anovulation, and insulin resistance. Pregnancy Loss and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Early pregnancy

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LONG QT SYNDROME (LQTS), Nathan Fox, MD (Digital)

By on January 6, 2017

Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a cardiac rhythm disorder with a risk of sudden death. Myocardial repolarization causes LQTS and shows a prolonged Q-T interval on electrocardiogram (ECG) test. This repolarization causes a particular ventricular tachycardia, known as torsades de pointes. Women may experience heart palpitations, syncope, seizures, and cardiac arrest. How do you develop

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EARLY SYMPTOMS OF PREGNANCY, Nathan Fox, MD (Digital)

By on December 20, 2016

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Early Pregnancy Symptoms The earliest signs of pregnancy will vary for most women. There are some women who don’t notice pregnancy symptoms of their first trimester, but for some, they realize they are pregnant before missing their first period. If you are enthusiastically waiting, here are some common early symptoms of pregnancy. Tender Breasts You

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UNDERSTANDING TWIN-TWIN TRANSFUSION SYSTEM (TTTS), Nathan Fox, MD (Digital)

By on December 9, 2016

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Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is identified when blood flows unequally between monochorionic twins or twins that develop in the same placenta. This condition occurs in about 10 to 15 percent of monochorionic twin pregnancies. There is no concrete evidence of the development or genetic causes of TTTS. Symptoms of Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome Twin-twin transfusion syndrome

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CAN WE PREVENT PREECLAMPSIA?, Nathan Fox, MD (Digital)

By on November 29, 2016

Preeclampsia refers to a pregnancy-specific medical condition where the woman experiences high blood pressure, high levels of protein in the urine, and abnormalities in the placenta around or after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Typically, this condition resolves after delivery, however, some women have postpartum preeclampsia and continue to have symptoms for several days or weeks

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GESTATIONAL DIABETES MELLITUS, Nathan Fox, MD (Digital)

By on November 15, 2016

What is Gestational Diabetes Mellitus? The definition of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is glucose intolerance recognized and diagnosed during pregnancy. This diagnosis is for women with any form of treatment, such as insulin and diet modifications, and whether the condition continues after pregnancy. GDM affects approximately 7 percent of all pregnancies, which is more than

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HOW CAN PREECLAMPSIA AFFECT ME AND MY BABY?, Nathan Fox, MD (Digital)

By on November 8, 2016

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A preeclampsia diagnosis for a pregnant woman may increase anxiety of the outcome and health of herself and her baby. Preeclampsia is a potentially life-threatening condition and doesn’t have significantly noticeable symptoms. However, if you visit your doctor regularly and receive proper screening and testing, preeclampsia can be diagnosed and monitored for a positive outcome. Still,

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HELLP SYNDROME, MFMA (Digital)

By on October 27, 2016

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What is HELLP Syndrome? HELLP syndrome is a pregnancy-specific complication that is most likely life-threatening and classified as a variant condition of preeclampsia. This syndrome and preeclampsia typically develop later on in pregnancy or some cases, after pregnancy. HELLP syndrome was defined and named due to the common indications, including: H – Hemolysis or the

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