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Placental Site Trophoblastic Tumor

Whitney, Kathleen A. BSN, RN, CEN

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: December 2009 - Volume 109 - Issue 12 - pp 32-37
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000365176.62954.11
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When the author received a positive pregnancy test at a time she knew she couldn't possibly be pregnant, it caused her to rethink the healthy skepticism her years of nursing had engendered. This case reminds nurses that positive pregnancy tests can result from medical conditions other than pregnancy, including various cancers, such as placental site trophoblastic tumor, the focus of this article. It also serves as a reminder that any positive pregnancy test that isn't accompanied by corresponding clinical evidence needs to be evaluated further.

This case reminds nurses that positive pregnancy tests can result from medical conditions other than pregnancy, including various cancers, such as placental site trophoblastic tumor.

Kathleen A. Whitney is an ED nurse at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

Contact author: st.chiggins@onebox.com. The author of this article has no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.