Wrong Diagnosis Leads To Loss of Healthy Babies for Women

by Rukmani Krishna on  December 14, 2012 at 11:57 PM Women Health News
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British experts warned that hundreds of women may be losing healthy babies every year because they are incorrectly diagnosed as having suffered a miscarriage.
 Wrong Diagnosis Leads To Loss of Healthy Babies for Women
Wrong Diagnosis Leads To Loss of Healthy Babies for Women

Modern home pregnancy tests are now so sensitive that women are discovering they are pregnant earlier - meaning many who fear they have miscarried are attending hospital at an earlier stage than in the past.

Because a hospital scan cannot detect the earliest signs of life, it may fail to pick up a present heartbeat, leading doctors to remove a healthy foetus, according to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

As many as 400 women may be losing healthy babies every year because of a mistaken diagnosis of miscarriage.

Glasgow University's Mary Ann Lumsden - who helped to develop new guidance published by NICE Wednesday - said in more than half of those cases the misdiagnosis was the result of ultra-sensitive home pregnancy tests.

Source: IANS

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