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Can a test determine the fetus nervous state in the womb before abortion?

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Posted on Sat, 7 May 2016
Question: Hi Dr.Brown. I received an email through healthcare magic from you following up my question. Thank you very much for following up with me, I greatly appreciate it. I did eventually see an obgyn after taking the cytomis and passing tissue. I was however still pregnant. After explaining that I had had a 'miscarriage', she asked to see the pictures I had taken of some of the tissue passed and the small structure i had found which she believed was definitely a 5-6 week fetus that had passed through, especially since I had heightened pregnancy symptoms that had calmed down significantly after its passing. So its not a definate, but there were possibly two originally and only one had passed with the other remaining. After speaking with a good number of doctors, who had all suggested i complete the termination due to the high risk of serious anomilies caused from the medication, I elected to fly back home and had to complete the termination through a surgical termination at 13 weeks gestation. Although from my calculations I dont know how I could have been so far. Had I any guarentee the fetus would not have had any serious malformations such as cranial nerve damage, I would rather have continued the pregnancy as I feel 13 weeks is too far developmentally to terminate. Thank you for following up. XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Jacqueline Brown (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Thanks for letting me know how things turned out

Detailed Answer:
Hello again XXXXXXX

Thank you for letting me know how things turned out. I really do think it is unlikely you had two fetuses and lost one and the other survived, but rather that the Misoprostil you used didn't really work at all. Clotted blood that has been sitting inside you for a while, or even some placental tissue can closely resemble an early pregnancy. A six week fetus is only about 8mm in size so it would be difficult to see.

Either way, I am sorry about what you went through, but I am glad that you are heathy and that you were able to get proper medical treatment. You can get pregnant again when you are ready and there are no deleterious long term effects from having had a surgical termination procedure.

Thanks again for the feedback.

Best regards,

Dr. Brown
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Can a test determine the fetus nervous state in the womb before abortion?

Brief Answer: Thanks for letting me know how things turned out Detailed Answer: Hello again XXXXXXX Thank you for letting me know how things turned out. I really do think it is unlikely you had two fetuses and lost one and the other survived, but rather that the Misoprostil you used didn't really work at all. Clotted blood that has been sitting inside you for a while, or even some placental tissue can closely resemble an early pregnancy. A six week fetus is only about 8mm in size so it would be difficult to see. Either way, I am sorry about what you went through, but I am glad that you are heathy and that you were able to get proper medical treatment. You can get pregnant again when you are ready and there are no deleterious long term effects from having had a surgical termination procedure. Thanks again for the feedback. Best regards, Dr. Brown