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Hydatidiform Mole

Symptoms and Signs of Hydatidiform Mole

Often there are no early symptoms of hydatidiform mole, and the pregnancy may appear normal. In many cases, blood tests and ultrasound tests reveal the condition. Otherwise, abnormal symptoms may signal a problem.

Symptoms of Hydatidiform Mole

Vaginal bleeding in the first few months of pregnancy is the most common sign of hydatidiform mole. In rare cases, bleeding may occur in the abdominal cavity causing pain. Vaginal discharge, pelvic cramps and fever can arise from a bacterial infection that develops if some of the tumor cells die.

In around half of cases, excess abdominal swelling results from an expansion of the uterus. For a third, the uterus grows too small.

Other signs of hydatidiform mole include symptoms similar to hyperthyroidism such as low tolerance for heat, rapid heartbeat, trembling hands, weight loss despite having an appetite, and loose bowel movements. A dry cough, trouble breathing or chest pains may be symptoms of an invasive hydatidiform mole that has moved to the lungs.

The high blood pressure and swelling associated with preeclampsia may also be symptoms of hydatidiform mole if they appear in during the first 26 weeks of pregnancy. Usually, preeclampsia can be ruled out as it typically develops later in the pregnancy.

If a woman experiences any of these symptoms or is concerned about the possibility of cancerous growths, a visit to her OB/Gyn is recommended.

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