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About Professor Tom Bourne

Professor Tom Bourne is Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London, and Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital. He is also visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium. He has extensive clinical and research experience in early pregnancy care as well as gynaecological ultrasound. He has published over 300 academic papers with an H-index of 63. He advises NICE, is trustee of the ectopic pregnancy trust, President of the UK association of early pregnancy units (AEPU) and on the board of ISUOG. He has a private practice at The Women's Ultrasound Centres at 86 Harley Street and Parkside Hospital in Wimbledon.

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Professor Tom BourneProfessor Tom Bourne is Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London, and Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital. He is also visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium. He has extensive clinical and research experience in early pregnancy … Continue reading

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Understanding how chlamydia impacts on the fallopian tube

There is a new paper in Fertility and Sterility (Fertil Steril. 2012 Aug 7. [Epub ahead of print) in that offers an excellent review of the mechanism of action of chlamydia on the Fallopian tube – what we know and where … Continue reading

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Fertility after an ectopic pregnancy

The two questions asked first by most women who have had an ectopic pregnancy are “how will this impact on my future fertility” and “what are the chances of me having an ectopic pregnancy in a future pregnancy”. A new … Continue reading

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Further evidence about the mechanism of miscarriage – failing to discriminate between healthy and unhealthy embryos

An important new paper has been published in relation to recurrent miscarriage (RM). Weimer et al have shown that there are differences in the migration patterns of endometrial stromal cells in women with and without a history of RM. In … Continue reading

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Fertility after drainage of a pelvic abscess

Seth Granberg is something of a legend in the world of gynaecological ultrasound. He dreamt up looking at the thickness of the lining of the uterus to predict cancer, developed morphological scoring for ovarian masses and published on many other … Continue reading

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Red wine, chocolate, add coffee to the list…

Now, my colleague and friend in Belgium has been telling me for some years that chocolate is good for me and I should eat more. I interpreted this as an attempt on his part to boost the Belgian export market … Continue reading

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Epilepsy in pregnancy – sodium valproate safety

Epilepsy is a problem in pregnancy although in general women will not see an increase in seizure frequency. Looking at the literature the obstetric implications are not as clear-cut as one might think. However in general it has been thought … Continue reading

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Picture of the week: St Pauls Cathedral from the south bank along the Millennium bridge

 St Paul’s is the fifth cathedral to have stood on the site since 604, and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710, after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London. This was … Continue reading

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Do you need expensive ultrasound machines to get the diagnosis right?

Doctors love fancy bits of kit, and there is no better example of this than when it comes to ultrasound  imaging. There are fabulous machines around that give spectacular images – but how good does an image have to be … Continue reading

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Diet and exercise in pregnancy – BMJ paper shows value for intervention

I think everyone knows the old adage that pregnant women are “eating for two” is not only wrong but positively unhealthy. Yesterday in the British Medical Journal, Shakila Thangaratinam and colleagues published an analysis of papers designed to see if … Continue reading

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