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What will tests for a false pregnancy reveal?

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In a case of false pregnancy, no baby will be seen on the ultrasound, and there won't be any heartbeat. Sometimes, however, the doctor will find some of the physical changes that occur during pregnancy, such as an enlarged uterus and softened cervix. Urine pregnancy tests will always be negative in these cases, with the exception of rare cancers that produce similar hormones to pregnancy.

Certain medical conditions can mimic the symptoms of pregnancy, including ectopic pregnancy, morbid obesity, and cancer. These conditions may need to be ruled out with tests.

From: False Pregnancy (Pseudocyesis) WebMD Medical Reference

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Ibekwe, P.C. , 2008. Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Basil, B. , 2006. Psychosomatics

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Gabbe S.G., Niebyl, J.R., Simpson, J.L., eds. , fifth ed., Philadelphia, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier; 2007. Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies

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Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 04, 2018

SOURCES:

Ibekwe, P.C. , 2008. Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Basil, B. , 2006. Psychosomatics

Shutty, M.S. , 1993. Psychosomatic Medicine

Gabbe S.G., Niebyl, J.R., Simpson, J.L., eds. , fifth ed., Philadelphia, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier; 2007. Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies

Datta, S., ed., , third ed., New York, Springer, 2004. Anesthetic and Obstetric Management of High-Risk Pregnancy

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 04, 2018

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