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Researchers Find Accurate Way to Predict Miscarriage

Reuters,  July 5, 2011
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British fertility researchers have developed an accurate way to predict which pregnancies are most likely to miscarry and say it could help doctors target treatment at women who really need it. In a study presented at European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology conference in Stockholm, researchers found six factors with the greatest impact on miscarriage risk:

  1. a history of subfertility,
  2. levels of progesterone and of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG),
  3. fetus length,
  4. the extent of bleeding, and
  5. the baby's gestational age.

The researchers were able to create a "Pregnancy Viability Index" (PVI) that they found was a consistently reliable predictor of miscarriage.

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