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About markseigel

I'm an ObGyn with offices in Rockville and Germantown, Maryland. Our modern practice includes electronic medical records, advanced ultrasound, and in-office procedures. We offer gynecologic services, as well as normal and high risk obstetrics. I have three great partners, Drs Emily Gottlieb, Bailey Cannon, and Jennifer Jagoe. We are part of George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates. I enjoy reading, swimming, and blogging.

Hereditary Cancer Risk

The field of medicine is changing rapidly through the advances made by genomic technology. We are on the verge of an exciting era where we will be able to have personalized medical care and treat each person based on his … Continue reading

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Hypertension in Pregnancy

One of the most significant developments in Obstetrics for 2013 was the publication of a 99-page report by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Hypertension in Pregnancy. Hypertension (elevated blood pressure) affects over 10% of all pregnancies and there … Continue reading

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Cell free DNA for Prenatal Genetic Testing

Prenatal detection of chromosome abnormalities has been available for over 40 years. Amniocentesis started in the early 1970s and then chorionic villus sampling (CVS) in the 1980s. Given that increasing maternal age is associated with a higher risk of genetic … Continue reading

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Morning Sickness of Pregnancy

Some of my patients have nausea and vomiting of pregnancy to such an extent that they have the severe symptoms of persistent vomiting, acute starvation (with ketones in the urine) and weight loss more than 5 per cent of their … Continue reading

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Vaccinations for Pregnant Women

Many people don’t understand the need for immunization because they have not personally been exposed to the devastating effects of infection or disease. But the danger is there: according to a report from Trust for America’s Health, approximately 50,000 Americans … Continue reading

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is thought to be one of the most common endocrine abnormalities in women, affecting between 6.5-8% of all women. Clinical features include menstrual dysfunction, hyperandrogenism (increased amount of male hormones), polycystic ovaries, metabolic problems, and an … Continue reading

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What Qualities do Women Want in an OBGYN?

I recently read an insightful article that gave a good summary of the qualities women are seeking in an OBGYN. Recent reports show that many young women prefer female physicians compared to their male colleagues. Assuming that physicians are knowledgeable … Continue reading

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Gestational Diabetes now has a new test.

Gestational Diabetes mellitus (GDM) is carbohydrate intolerance that begins or is first recognized during pregnancy. It is associated with increased maternal, fetal and neonatal risks. The prevalence of it is increasing in the U.S. probably due to the increasing rates … Continue reading

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Should Doctors and Patients be Facebook Friends?

One of the groups I’m involved with is the Physicians’ Electronic Health Record Coalition, or the PEHRC (pehrc.wordpress.com). Recently we were honored to have as our guest Dr. Humayan Chaudhry who is the CEO and President of the Federation of … Continue reading

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All about HPV

There’s a lot of misunderstanding about HPV. If you get a phone call that your pap test is not normal, people tend to jump to the worst possible conclusion and believe that they now have cancer. In the great majority … Continue reading

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