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pseudocyesis

(so͞o'dōsīē`sĭs), imaginary pregnancy in women usually resulting from a strong desire or need for motherhood. In the absence of conception, the menstrual periods nevertheless cease, the abdomen becomes enlarged and the breasts swell and even secrete milk, mimicking genuine pregnancy. The uterus and cervix may show signs of pregnancy, urine tests may be falsely positive, and the woman may report sensations of fetal movements. A woman may believe in her pregnancy to the point of delusiondelusion,
false belief based upon a misinterpretation of reality. It is not, like a hallucination, a false sensory perception, or like an illusion, a distorted perception.
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 and show acute depressiondepression,
in psychiatry, a symptom of mood disorder characterized by intense feelings of loss, sadness, hopelessness, failure, and rejection. The two major types of mood disorder are unipolar disorder, also called major depression, and bipolar disorder, whose sufferers are
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 when no baby is born. It has been suggested that depression can sometimes alter the activity of the pituitary glandpituitary gland,
small oval endocrine gland that lies at the base of the brain. It is sometimes called the master gland of the body because all the other endocrine glands depend on its secretions for stimulation (see endocrine system).
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 so as to cause hormone level changes that mimic the hormone changes of real pregnancy.

pseudocyesis

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(medicine)
A condition characterized by amenorrhea, enlargement of the abdomen, and other symptoms simulating gestation, due to an emotional disorder.
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Of the selected females, 85.4% showed positive response to mechanical stimulation to achieve pseudopregnancy. At the time of sacrifice 12 females (29.3%) were carrying embryos and the average embryos collected per female were 2.3 (SD [+ o -] 1.8).
While these recommendations can be suitable for management of severe endometriosis in the young adult, it can be questioned whether it is wise to start in the adolescent a "lesion-oriented" surgical management when lesions are subtle and versatile and likely to respond by extensive decidualization and apoptosis in response to a pseudopregnancy regimen.
* During pseudopregnancy, female rats express two daily surges of prolactin for approximately 2 weeks.
Dissociation in the control of cervical eosinophilic infiltration and collagenolysis at the end of pregnancy or after pseudopregnancy in ovariectomized steroid-treated rats.
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Lower than expected levels of MSAFP are noted in overestimation of gestational age, type 1 diabetics, Down syndrome, trisomy 18 (Edwards' syndrome), hydatidiform moles, and pseudopregnancy.[52] AFAFP is far more sensitive and specific for diagnosing NTDs than is MSAFP.
Pseudopregnancy induced by estrogen-progestogen or progestogens alone in the treatment of endometriosis.