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Tests to diagnose and monitor

Your guide to which tests are used to diagnose and monitor persistent trophoblastic disease (PTD) and choriocarcinoma.

Blood and urine tests

Read about how blood and urine tests are used to diagnose persistent trophoblastic disease (PTD) and choriocarcinoma.

Ultrasound scan

Read about having an ultrasound, including what it is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

Surgery to remove PTD or choriocarcinoma from the womb

Surgery can remove the abnormal cells from the womb but this is very rarely used.

Chest x-ray

You have a chest x-ray to check for any spread to your lungs. This is the most common place for persistent trophoblastic disease (PTD) or choriocarcinoma to spread.

CT scan

What a CT scan is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

MRI scan

Rarely persistent trophoblastic disease (PTD) and choriocarcinoma can spread to your brain. Your doctor may ask you to have an MRI of your head to check for this.

Last reviewed: 
18 Jun 2019

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