Complete hydatidiform mole coexisting with a live fetus

Unsal M. A. , GÜVEN S.

CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY, cilt.39, ss.262-264, 2012 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 39 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.262-264


The co-existence of a hydatidiform mole with a living fetus is a rare phenomenon. The condition is a dilemma with respect to the diagnosis and management of associated maternal (a risk of maternal complications, such as preeclampsia, hyperthyrodism, and a risk of malignancy) and fetal (elevated risk of spontaneous abortion, neonatal thyrotoxicosis) complications. A 27-year-old woman was referred to our hospital with a diagnosis of hydatidiform mole and live fetus. The pregnancy was unremarkable except for the complaints of excessive nausea and vomiting. Successive ultrasound examinations demonstrated a normally growing live fetus (14 weeks) alongside a normal placenta and an additional intrauterine echogenic mass with features of hydatidiform mole. Genetic amniocentesis at 18 weeks' of gestation showed normal diploid fetal karyotype. At 20 weeks of pregnancy, a control prenatal visit revealed intrauterine fetal death. The follow-up period for two years was unremarkable. In the case of a normal fetal karyotype and the absence of serious signs of maternal pathology, waiting until fetal viability is achieved can justifiably be proposed, however there is still a risk of prenatal complications such as intrauterine death.