Damage of other organs and tissues arise from the implantation and initial development of the fetus.
This is considered a medical emergency and without treatment – can potentially dangerous for the mother.
1/2 of ectopic pregnancies resolve without serious complications. It is believed that an ectopic pregnancy occurs in approximately 1 out of every 50 pregnancies.
All pregnancies that resolve result in a spontaneous abortions.
– Vaginal bleeding
– Severe abdominal pain
– Pain with urination
– Pain with bowel movements
– Belief of miscarriage
– Severe Weakness, Dizziness, or Fainting
– Often no risk factor is known – [50%]
– An infection or inflammation of the Fallopian tube that can cause complete or partial blockage.
– Previous surgery in the area (pelvic, Fallopian tube, or other)
– Abnormal growth or birth defect
– Previous ectopic pregnancy
– Ultrasound is an essential for diagnosis
– Blood work may show an abnormal rise in Beta hCG levels
– If pregnancy is suspected but unknown if ectopic pregnancy is possible, a vaginal ultrasound will show the presences or lack of intrauterine pregnancy.
Possible Types or Locations of Ectopic Pregnancies
1.) Fallopian Tube – occurs in 95% and above
2.) Nontubal ectopic pregnancy – occurs in around 2% of pregnancies
– Occurs in abdomen, ovaries or cervix
– In rare cases a live baby may be delivered by laprascopy
3.) Heterotopic pregnancy
– Occurs with two fertilized eggs
– One is within the uterus and the other is ectopic
– hCG levels may continue to rise after the treatment of the ectopic pregnancy
– This medication allows the body to absorb the pregnancy tissue
– It can help save the Fallopian Tube
– Use of this medication will depend on how far along the pregnancy is.
– Removal of the pregnancy alone
– Removal of fallopian tube along with pregnancy