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How do gestational trophoblastic tumors affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The effects of gestational trophoblastic tumors depend on the type of tumor. Hydatidiform mole is a benign tumor that grows inside the uterus but does not spread outside it. Its effects are confined to the uterus. Chorioadenoma destruens (or invasive mole) is a malignant tumor that develops when a hydatidiform mole spreads into the myometrium (muscle) of the uterus. Choriocarcinoma is a malignant tumor that spreads outside the uterus to many parts of the body. Placental site trophoblastic tumor is also a malignant tumor that has a tendency to grow into the myometrium and sometimes spreads to other parts of the body.

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