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Forum Name: Obstetrics

Question: Testing after multiple miscarriages


 KortCam - Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:55 pm

I have had 2 miscarriages both at about 6 weeks. My OB says there is no needed testing until after 3 miscarriages. I'm not sure I can handle another. My husband and I are ready for children. Should testing be preform, and what tests would be helpful in this situation?!?!
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:30 am

User avatar Hi KortCam,

The decision about whether or not to be tested is a decision you'll what to decide for yourself with the advice/input of your husband and doctor. 2 miscarriages can still be an unfortunate coincidence.

If you were to be tested, the main tests that are done are tests to look for hypercoagulable states (conditions that increase the risk of forming blood clots). With these conditions, small blood clots can form in the vessels that feed the growing baby, compromising its nutrition and ultimately sometimes resulting in a miscarriage.

These conditions include Factor 5 Leiden, Prothrombin 20210 mutation, Antithrombin III, and Lupus anticoagulant (which is actually a procoagulant) among others.

Best wishes.

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