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Ectopic Pregnancy


Ectopic pregnancy is the condition in which the fertilized egg stays in the fallopian tube, rather than moving into the uterus. Ectopic pregnancies are comparatively rare, they occur only in one woman among a group of 50 women. Ectopic pregnancy symptoms may be slight vaginal bleeding, pain in the lower stomach, vomiting & nausea etc. Other signs of an ectopic pregnancy include one-side pain, shoulder or rectum or neck pain etc. One of the major symptoms of early ectopic pregnancy is bleeding or spotting. Ectopic pregnancy signs are noticeable and therefore a suitable ectopic pregnancy test can help in ectopic pregnancy treatment. Hence, it is advised to contact a reliable gynecologist as soon as ectopic pregnancy signs and symptoms are observed. There can be a couple of causes of ectopic pregnancy. Among the underlying reasons for Ectopic pregnancy, rupture of fallopian tube is a prominent one. For making a decision of an ectopic pregnancy positive, pregnancy test like ectopic pregnancy ultrasound scan can be preformed. Treatment methods can be an ectopic pregnancy surgery or medications. Medications like methotrexate for ectopic pregnancy are administered. For treating ectopic pregnancy, methotrexate acts by reducing the folic acid metabolism. Surgery for ectopic pregnancy is generally performed laparoscopically.

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Authored By Dr. N.P. Vijayalakshmy MBBS, M.D., D.G.O

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