I am a mother of two. But I never knew what biochemical pregnancy was till yesterday. Not trusting KTLK CVs, whose research skills and eye for detail are anyway legendary, I thought to google the term. Here is what I found.
Biochemical pregnancy. A biochemical pregnancy occurs when a woman becomes pregnant yet has a spontaneous loss of the fetus before she even knew she was pregnant. If hCG testing occurs before all of the hCG has been metabolized out of the body then hCG can be detected by a lab test. This situation is not as uncommon as one might think for two reasons. First, hCG tests are frequently performed in healthcare settings in order to identify the pregnant patient in order to avoid any medical interventions that are potentially harmful to a fetus. Second, hCG tests are capable of detecting very low concentrations of the hormone. The high frequency of testing combined with the analytical sensitivity of the tests means that biochemical pregnancies are easily detected.
This seems to imply that Nidhi was indeed pregnant but spontaneously aborted or miscarried. However, she categorically said that she had missed two cycles. Is that possible in the case of biochemical pregnancy? If so, then why did the doctor say that Nidhi was not pregnant? Should she not have said that she lost her baby in a very early stage?
I would be grateful to the doctors on this forum if they clarified on this. Forget the crap ending to the show, But let us not leave with half baked knowledge of medical terms, I know we already believe that Alzheimer's. has a cure and glioblastoma is about as life threatening as the common cold, thanks to KTLK. Must say the show has been doing yeoman service to the medical profession!
Edited by Sujatha.rao - 21 March 2013 at 9:04pm