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Thought to be caused by a problem with the genetic information transmitted between an egg and sperm, molar pregnancy can develop during the first trimester of pregnancy.
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Popularly known as molar cancer, gestational trophoblastic disease is a term that is used to describe a number of cancerous and non-cancerous issues that involve the placental tissue. It occurs in roughly one of every 1,200 to 1,500 pregnancies.
In a molar pregnancy, a mass of tissue forms an abnormal placenta inside the uterus. Even though the mole is not an embryo, it still triggers all the symptoms of a real pregnancy.
There are two types of molar pregnancy, complete and partial. A complete molar pregnancy is a grapelike cluster of abnormal placental tissue that forms in the uterus. In a partial molar pregnancy, the placenta grows abnormal tissue that becomes molar tissue and any fetal tissue that does develop can have severe defects.
Symptoms of a normal pregnancy can be intensified in a molar pregnancy, including morning sickness and high blood pressure. The uterus may also grow much faster than it would in a normal pregnancy.
The molar growth is removed from the uterus to prevent cancerous cells from growing. The uterus is then scraped of remaining cells that may be abnormal. If necessary, chemotherapy is used to kill the last of any remaining cancer cells.
There is no way to prevent molar pregnancy or lower your risk of getting it.