Missed Abortion

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Missed Abortion

Missed abortion is a term used to describe a miscarriage that has not yet passed.  Prior to the use of routine ultrasound, it was believed that many or most miscarriages occurred suddenly in a pregnancy that was – until the time of the miscarriage – growing normally.  However, we now know that most miscarriages happen

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Elevated Maternal Serum Alpha-Fetoprotein (MSAFP)

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Elevated Maternal Serum Alpha-Fetoprotein (MSAFP)

During a second trimester serum screen for fetal spina bifida, a patient may have an elevated maternal serum Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP, or MSAFP) level. Elevated MSAFP is associated with structural fetal anomalies, including neural tube defects, abdominal wall defects, and duodenal atresia. With targeted ultrasounds, abnormalities of the spine, brain, or abdominal wall should be apparent.

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