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Duration of secretory activity in the glands of the decidua vera

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      When pregnancy is complicated by an ovarian tumor, operative removal of the tumor may involve the corpus luteum. Evidence from the literature suggests that excision of the corpus luteum results in from 10 per cent to 33 per cent of miscarriages if done within the first two months. This evidence, however, is neither statistically accurate nor reliable. If a satisfactory test for the presence of the luteal hormone could be devised, it might be possible to determine the length of furletional life of the corpus luteum. This would lead to a better understanding of the risks of removing the corpus luteum in early gestation. The characteristic response of decidual glands to progestin is the only available test, at present, for this hormone. The duration of this response was studied in specimens of uteri removed at approximately three-week intervals through pregnancy.
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