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Number Number 727, January 2018

ABSTRACT: “Cascade testing” refers to the performance of genetic counseling and testing in blood relatives of individuals who have been identified with specific genetic mutations. Testing protocols and other interventions may save lives and improve health and quality of life for these family members. Obstetrician–gynecologists should know who is eligible for cascade testing and should use all available resources to ensure that cascade testing is offered and occurs in a timely manner. Despite the clear health benefits for specific populations and individuals, obstetrician–gynecologists should ...

December 2017

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November 2017

SP096 Datos sobre el cáncer Las células normales del organismo crecen, se reproducen y reemplazan rutinariamente. A veces, las células se reproducen anormalmente y comienzan a crecer fuera de control. Estas células pueden formar masas o tumores. Los tumores pueden ser benignos (no cancerosos) o malignos (cancerosos). Los tumores benignos no se diseminan a otros tejidos del cuerpo. Los tumores malignos El cáncer ovárico The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE PHYSICIANS PATIENT EDUCATI N Problemas Ginecológicos • SP096 pueden invadir y dest...

Number Number 723, October 2017

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 656, February 2016)

ABSTRACT: Imaging studies are important adjuncts in the diagnostic evaluation of acute and chronic conditions. However, confusion about the safety of these modalities for pregnant and lactating women and their infants often results in unnecessary avoidance of useful diagnostic tests or the unnecessary interruption of breastfeeding. Ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging are not associated with risk and are the imaging techniques of choice for the pregnant patient, but they should be used prudently and only when use is expected to answer a relevant clinical question or otherwise provid...

October 2017

Number FAQ136, October 2017

What is an infertility evaluation? An infertility evaluation includes exams and tests to try to find the reason why you and your partner have not become pregnant. If a cause is found, treatment may be possible. In many cases, infertility can be successfully treated even if no cause is found.

October 2017

Number PFS007, October 2017

BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutations Cancer is caused by several different factors. A few types of cancer run in families. These types are called “hereditary” or “familial” cancer. They are caused by changes in genes that can be passed from parent to child. Changes in genes are called mutations. Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) syndrome is an inherited increased risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and other types of cancer. HBOC syndrome is linked to mutations in several genes, but the most common are called BRCA1 and BRCA2. Inheriting one of these mutations increases the risk of getti...

September 2017

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September 2017

SP025 Cómo funciona la ecografía La ecografía es energía en forma de ondas sonoras. El tipo más común de ecografía es la que se denomina ecografía de dos dimensiones (2D). En este tipo de ecografía, un dispositivo que se llama transductor envía ondas sonoras por el cuerpo. Las ondas sonoras entran en contacto con los tejidos, los líquidos corporales y los huesos. Las ondas entonces rebotan, como ecos. El transductor recibe estos ecos que luego se convierten en imágenes. Las imágenes se pueden visualizar en una pantalla de video. El examen de ecografía se puede realizar en el co...

September 2017

Number FAQ085, September 2017

What is cervical cancer screening? Cervical cancer screening is used to find changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cancer. The cervix is the opening to the uterus and is located at the top of the vagina. Screening includes cervical cytology (also called the Pap test or Pap smear) and, for some women, testing for human papillomavirus (HPV).

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