What is CCAM?

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Congenital Cystic Adenomatiod Malformation or CCAM is a fluid filled (cystic) or solid mass lung tumor. A CCAM diagnosis can endanger the health of the mother. If the condition results in massive fluid retention (called fetal hydrops or hydrops fetalis) the mother may develop a similar condition (maternal mirror syndrome) and show signs of preeclampsia.

Treatment options and outcomes depend on the size and severity of the CCAM lesions, and whether the mother develops maternal mirror syndrome or preeclampsia. Over the course of a pregnancy, the size of the lesions can change dramatically. Serious findings may be discovered via ultrasound such as absence of lung tissue, the heart pushed from its normal position, or the diaphragm pushed downward.

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