Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Molar Pregnancy Underlying Cause

A hydatidiform mole is a result of a genetic error that occurs at the time of fertilization. IN a hydatidiform mole, the mothers egg contained no genetic material. All of the genetic material is from the father. The abnormal pregnancy may contain some developing fetal tissue, or may not contain any fetal tissue. The exact cause of the genetic error is unknown.

Last Updated: Mar 31, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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