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What causes blighted ovum in pregnancy? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 02-May-2014
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User:This is XXXX
Doctor:Proceed with your query.
Doctor:Are you there?
User:yes
User:sorry
User:I am married and we tried for baby last year
User:but we had a problem ,
User:my wife was pregnant but during the 1st ultrasound
User:let me recall the technical term
Doctor:Don't mind the technical term. Proceed with the details.
User:The ultrasound revelead blighted ovum
User:anaerobic pregnancy
Doctor:Ok
User:as per the doctor advice we then had to abort the pregnancy
User:till date we don't know why it happened
User:and what should be done to take care of this in future
User:Please treat this conversation as private and confidential
User:I would really appreciate your help in this case
Doctor:May I know your wife's age?
User:26
User:and I was 28 at that time
Doctor:Right.
Doctor:Let me brief you.
Doctor:The exact cause of blighted ovum is not known.
Doctor:But we believe it to be due to genetic defect.
Doctor:I do not mean there is a defect in you couples.
Doctor:It means the sperm or the ovum that caused pregnancy was defective.
User:okay
Doctor:Well most of the times, it is an one off occurrence
Doctor:you should be able to parent a child normally subsequently.
User:okay, do you anyway recommend me any sperm test
Doctor:If needed both of you can get your genes checked; but such genetic testing is mandatory when two or more pregnancy results in blighted ovum.
User:okay
Doctor:As I just said, we recommend testing only when two or more pregnancy results in the miscarriage.
User:okay, I get your point
Doctor:You can just call this as a nature's way to prevent a complicated human to reach this earth.
Doctor:Just keep yourself fit and healthy.
Doctor:Be active with exercise.
Doctor:The same applies to your wife.
User:fine
Doctor:If you wish to be extra cautious
Doctor:both of you can apply for genetic counselling done at specialised centres.
Doctor:Did you follow?
User:what exactly is done at these centres ?
Doctor:Let me know if you have any questions?
Doctor:There are experts who discuss and counsel about genetic abnormalities and also test specific genetic composition.
Doctor:If most of the common genes are normal, then chances of complications including blighted ovum and recurring miscarriages are minimal.
User:okay
Doctor:Do you have any more questions?
User:where are these centres located and will these tests and consuelling be very expensive ?
Doctor:Cost of prenatal genetic couselling varies between cities and centres.
Doctor:It should be available at most multidisciplinary hospitals such as Apollo, fortis, XXXXXXX and so on.
Doctor:If you wish to go for it, let me know your location and I shall try to search for an institute.
User:I am based out of delhi
User:I will just keep it in my mind, just if we plan to go sometime
Doctor:If you are from Delhi, you can contact AIIMS hospital, DLI - DNA labs or SRL diagnostic centre.
Doctor:They have listed prenatal genetic testing under the services offered.
Doctor:It is not an immediate requirement.
Doctor:You may consider this testing whenever you plan the next pregnancy or god-forbidden the next pregnancy is also a miscarriage.
User:fine.thank you doctor
User:You have been really helpful
Doctor:Welcome.
Doctor:Thanks for visiting me here. Bye for now.
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