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Why do doctors examine placenta after birth?

Why do doctors examine placenta after birth?

Make sure all is out: Retained placental tissue can cause problems such as bleeding and infection. Therefore, OB providers should check every placenta to ensure that it has been delivered intact or all pieces of it have come out of the uterus. Occasionally an OB will need to insert a hand up into the uterus or even scrape with an instrument to remove any remaining tissue. That mainly occurs if a very premature delivery. ...Read more

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Placenta (Definition)

The placenta is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via ...Read more


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What do the doctors do with the placenta after birth?

What do the doctors do with the placenta after birth?

Depends!: In any high risk or complicated deliveries, we send the placenta to pathology to look for any reason for the complications. In normal deliveries, the placenta is bundled together with other placentas and cremated. If you want to keep the placenta, you can ask your doctor. It does have to be handled in a special manner though. So let us know before your delivery. ...Read more

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My doctor sent me to the hospital to take a pelvic ultrasound. Why do they scan from inside the vagina?

My doctor sent me to the hospital to take a pelvic ultrasound. Why do they scan from inside the vagina?

Closer to organs: Since the uterus and ovaries are usually low in the pelvis, looking at them through the vagina means the probe is close to them and therefore gets a better image. ...Read more

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Hello doc do obstetricians perform the apgar test on babies ? I would like to know thanks

Hello doc do obstetricians perform the apgar test on babies ? I would like to know thanks

Sometimes: Usually this test is done by the nursery personnel as the OB is taking care of the mother at that time. ...Read more

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When you go to the GYN what do they ask?

When you go to the GYN what do they ask?

Depends: A gynecologist will take a basic medical history and then inquire about your female health, menstrual cycles, family planning and any other topic that you are interested in ...Read more

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What do doctors look for when they do a rectovaginal exam?

What do doctors look for when they do a rectovaginal exam?

Back of the pelvis: A rectal exam checks the rectum and the back of the uterus and the ovaries. It is a normal part of the pelvic exam. It can detect a cancer just inside the rectum and masses deep in the pelvis which might be otherwise missed with just a vaginal exam. ...Read more

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When you visit the gyno for the first time what kind of questions do they ask you? Do they ask about drugs? What happens if u lied to them?

When you visit the gyno for the first time what kind of questions do they ask you?  Do they ask about drugs? What happens if u lied to them?

Lying to doctor: When you go to your physician for the first time, s/he needs to take your whole health and personal history. This includes drug use, because drugs affect your health. Lying to your doctor will make your relationship dishonest, and prevent the doctor from helping you effectively. Perhaps you don't want the doctor to suggest ways of stopping drugs, even if that would be best for your health? ...Read more

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When do doctors do placenta testing?

Many possibilities: There are many possible reasons. The most common reason is that an infection or abnormality of the placenta is suspected. Placenta testing is also part of many pregnancy related research protocols. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Why do they do that thing where they hold your testicles and ask you to cough in physicals?

Why do they do that thing where they hold your testicles and ask you to cough in physicals?

Checking for Hernias: The most common hernia in men is one that extends into the scrotum. This inguinal hernia, which is a weakness in the wall of the abdomen, can become life threatening if the bowel gets trapped in it and the blood flow is cut off. Some men have no symptoms until they reach that point, so the exam hopes to find hernias before they become emergent. ...Read more

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What do doctors say when they tell a family the baby has anencephaly>?

What do doctors say when they tell a family the baby has anencephaly>?

Hopefully,the truth: The difficulty of transmitting this info to the parents is much less than the sadness & loss the parents will feel when they get the info. Pregnancy is one of life's gambles & up to 4% have an unexpected event after delivery.Accurate information on how/why/recurrence risks are all part of the problem management. Either the OB or a geneticist /counselor should fill in the blanks. ...Read more

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Can they do ultrasound of the kidneys when they do my ob scan?

Can they do ultrasound of the kidneys when they do my ob scan?

U/s: Technically, yes. But, there should be a medical reason that checking the kidneys will benefit you. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to stop bleeding in the lungs?

What do doctors do to stop bleeding in the lungs?

Several things: To stop bleeding in the lungs, we can correct bleeding problems, perform a broncohoscopy with an intervention, or blood vessels can be embolized. ...Read more

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When do doctors test the fetus forr abnormalities?

When do doctors test the fetus forr abnormalities?

At 12, 16 or 20 week: There are different ways to test for abnormalities and no one test can find all the problems. At 12 weeks a first screen can test for downs syndrome. At 16 weeks a quad screen or an amniocentesis can test for downs syndrome, abdominal wall defects and spine defects. At 19-20 weeks an ultrasound will look for other abnormalities. You should talk to your doctor about which ones are right for you. ...Read more

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What do doctors see when they look in your ears?

What do doctors see when they look in your ears?

Canal skin & eardrum: Exam of the ear views the skin of the ear canal and the eardrum. Canal skin can be swollen and/or inflamed due to various types of infections which can be painful and respond well to treatment with ear drops. The eardrum can reveal many abnormalities indicating trauma, infection or other problems requiring treatment. The eardrum is normally translucent allowing an evaluation of the middle ear. ...Read more

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What blood tests do doctors do in the first trimester?

What blood tests do doctors do in the first trimester?

See site given below: It will vary with the clinical circumstances, the commonly used tests are: alpha-fetoprotein , human Chorionic Gonadotropin and unconjugated estriol. http://www.americanpregnancy.org/prenataltesting/firstscreen.html http://www.Webmd.Com/baby/guide/first-trimester-tests. ...Read more

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