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Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor Signs and Symptoms

Gestational trophoblastic tumor is a rare tumor found in women of childbearing age. A gestational trophoblastic tumor can literally fake the signs and symptoms of pregnancy. There are two types of gestational trophoblastic tumors, a choriocarcinoma and a hydatiform mole. A hydatiform mole is benign, and a choriocarcinoma is malignant. We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of gestational trophoblastic tumor below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Signs and Symptoms of Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor are as follows:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Enlarged uterus
  • Pelvic pain
  • Vomiting

A gestational trophoblastic tumor may feel like a normal pregnancy at first. A gestational trophoblastic tumor even secretes hormones related to pregnancy, such as serum hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin hormone). As a result, doctors most often suspect a normal pregnancy with complications.

A gestational trophoblastic tumor is extremely rare. The incidence of gestational trophoblastic tumpr is lower in Europe and North America, and higher in Asia and South America, possibly due to nutritional factors. A pregnancy before age sixteen or after agel 35 increases the risk of gestational trophoblastic tumor.

Diagnosis of GestationalTrophoblastic Tumor

A diagnosis of gestational trophoblastic tumor is made initially through blood tests and an ultrasound. If gestational trophoblastic tumor is suspected, a  subunit of serum hCG called beta hCG is also measured. In gestational trophoblastic tumor, beta hCG is always elevated.

Books For Women With Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor

The Official Patient’s Sourcebook on Gestational Trophoblastic Tumors: A Revised and Updated Directory for the Internet Age Icon Health Publications 21st Century Ultimate Medical Guide to Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor – Authoritative, Practical Clinical Information for Physicians and Patients, Treatment Options (Two CD-ROM Set)
PM Medical Health News

Gestational Trophoblastic Disease
B. W. Hancock
Gestational trophoblastic tumors: An entry from Thomson Gale’s Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer, 2nd ed.
Maureen Haggerty

Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor Resources

General Patient Resources

  • National Cancer Institute

Information about gestational trophoblastic tumor: treatment, clinical trials, and other topics from the National Cancer Institute.

  • WD

Information including symptoms, diagnosis, misdiagnosis, treatment, causes, patient stories, videos, forums, prevention, and prognosis

  • Just Cancer

Get more information about gestational trophoblastic tumor, gestational trophoblastic tumors treatment at Just Cancer.

  • Med Help

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of gestational trophoblastic tumors. Includes Health Forums.

  • US Oncology

Get an overview, a list of tumor types, a list of symptoms, and information about common treatments for gestational trophoblastic tumors.

Medical Resources

  • Web MD

Information on gestational trophoblastic tumor by Web MD.

  • Medline Plus

A service of the US National Library of Medicine.