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Malignant disease in pregnancy 

Malignant disease in pregnancy

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Malignant disease in pregnancy
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Robin A.F. Crawford

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1417

February 27, 2014: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 28 June 2017

Cancer in pregnancy is rare, affecting less than 1 in 1000 live births. It may be specific to pregnancy (gestational trophoblastic disease) or incidental to it, the less infrequent conditions being melanoma, lymphoma, and cervical malignancy.

Gestational trophoblastic disease—a group of conditions that arise in the fetal chorion during various types of pregnancy: histologically they are categorized as (1) partial or complete hydatidiform mole, (2) gestational choriocarcinoma, or (3) placental site trophoblastic tumour. The most common of these conditions is molar pregnancy, when villi are present in association with malignant trophoblast in gestational choriocarcinoma....

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