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Ectopic pregnancy should be considered in women presenting early in pregnancy with vaginal bleeding or lower abdominal pain in whom intrauterine pregnancy has not yet been established. Find out how to differentiate ectopic pregnancy from a failed intrauterine pregnancy, which patients can be managed medically, and when urgent surgical referral is required.
Find out how to recognize symptoms, such as bleeding and abdominal pain, and how to discuss with patients the risks and benefits of medical, surgical, or expectant management.
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Ectopic pregnancy is a high-risk condition that occurs in 1.9 percent of reported pregnancies. The condition is the leading cause of pregnancy-related death in the first trimester. If a woman of reproductive age presents with abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, syncope, or hypotension, the physician s...
Ectopic pregnancy occurs at a rate of 19.7 cases per 1,000 pregnancies in North America and is a leading cause of maternal mortality in the first trimester. Greater awareness of risk factors and improved technology (biochemical markers and ultrasonography) allow ectopic pregnancy to be identified be...