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Are gestational trophoblastic tumors serious?

Gestational trophoblastic tumors are serious diseases. More than 80% are benign, and therefore do not spread outside the uterus, but they can cause several problems, some of which are life threatening. These problems include blood loss (resulting in anemia), infection in the uterus, infection in the bloodstream, and preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a disorder of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, which can be life-threatening. A small percentage of these tumors are malignant; they can spread to distant body areas and eventually lead to death if they are not treated.

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