Gestational Trophoblastic Disease

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Causes, Risk Factors, and Prevention TOPICS

Can gestational trophoblastic disease be prevented?

The only way to avoid the rare chance of developing gestational trophoblastic (jeh-STAY-shuh-nul troh-fuh-BLAS-tik) disease (GTD) is to not get pregnant. But GTD is so rare that its prevention should not be a factor in family planning decisions for women who have never been affected by it.

Women with a history of one or more molar pregnancies should talk with their doctor to be sure they understand their risk for future molar pregnancies.

Last Medical Review: 02/06/2014
Last Revised: 02/09/2016