Complete hydatidiform mole with coexistant fetus

Complete hydatidiform mole with coexistant fetus (CHMCF) is an extremely rare entity where as the name suggests there is a twin pregnancy with a complete hydatidiform mole and a normal fetus. 

It is seen extremely rarely, with an estimated incidence of one in 22,000–100,000 pregnancies.

Exaggerated signs and symptoms of pregnancy may be evident. Uterus is larger than the period of gestation and abnormally high levels of hCG. Clinical problems include vaginal bleeding, toxemia and excessive vomiting.

Ultrasound

Sonological findings of a complete hydatidiform mole, such as a snowstorm appearance is seen with a completely normal fetus with a normal placenta.

These cases are at high risk of spontaneous abortion, preterm delivery, intrauterine fetal death, bleeding, preeclampsia and persistent trophoblastic disease (PTD). 

Considering the maternal complication, termination of pregnancy is suggested by a large number of studies. Some suggest that after confirmation of normal karyotype in the coexistent fetus and appropriate patient counselling, continuation of pregnancy can be attempted despite a 30% risk of bleeding and preeclampsia. 

Possible differential considerations include

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rID: 40042
System: Obstetrics
Section: Pathology
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Complete hydatidiform mole and coexistant fetus
  • CHMCF
  • Complete mole with coexistant fetus
  • CMCF
  • Complete mole and coexistant fetus

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