Testing for Causes of Recurrent Miscarriage

by Anai Rhoads

Cultures

Fetal tissue may be cultured (grown in a lab dish and analyzed) to determine if infection had a role in the miscarriage.

Karyotype of Fetal Tissue

Since this test is quite expensive, your doctor may not order it unless you have had several miscarriages (at least 4). If a chromosomal defect is discovered, a genetic counselor can help you determine the likelihood of a miscarriage happening again.

X-Rays

An x-ray of the fetus will show any abnormalities of the bone tissue that may point to a possible cause for loss.

Photographs

Photographs are taken of the fetus or stillborn to provide useful clues.

He/she will check for certain characteristics, such as irregular shaped head or forehead, that would indicate abnormalities or syndromes.

Ultrasound

Your doctor will perform an ultrasound to view your uterus for any unusual growths, or shape of uterus.

Within six to eight weeks after a miscarriage, the mother should undergo a complete examination to make sure she is healing as she should, and that no infection occurs.

Anai Rhoads is a medical and political researcher/writer with a particular interest in the sanctions on Iraq and the wider effect of racism's influence in the Middle East. A vegan since 2000, she is a dedicated supporter of activities which promote animal and human rights. Originally from Greece, she now resides in Virginia, USA with her husband and their two dogs, Bijou and Eva.

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