blighted ovum


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blight·ed o·vum

a zygote the development of which has ceased at an early stage.

blighted ovum

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a fertilized ovum that fails to develop. On x-ray or ultrasonic visualization it appears to be a fluid-filled cyst attached to the wall of the uterus. It may be empty, or it may contain amorphous parts. Many first trimester spontaneous abortions represent the expulsion of a blighted ovum. Suction curettage may be necessary if the blighted ovum is retained.
An ovum with arrested development, which may appear as a fluid-filled sac with amorphous embryonic rests. Blighted ova are typical of grossly abnormal or anembryonic pregnancy and may occur in a background of inevitable spontaneous abortion
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Missed abortions and blighted ovum will usually give typical pictures of a deformed gestational sac and absence of fetal poles or heart beat.
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A blighted ovum can be the result of chromosomal problems or it could be that the egg or the sperm was of poor quality.
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But in December 1998, when I was nine weeks pregnant, a routine scan showed it was a blighted ovum.
She says: "The doctor told me I had a blighted ovum which means the embryo starts to develop normally and then dies.