Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cancer of the Placenta Underlying Cause

Facts about choriocarcinoma:

  • The exact cause of choriocarcinoma is unknown.
  • Choriocarcinoma is a rare, rapidly growing malignancy that arises from developing fetal tissue.
  • Up to 25% of choriocarcinomas follow a normal pregnancy
  • A small number of choriocarcinomas follow an elective abortion or spontaneous miscarriage.

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Cancer of the Placenta References
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