How to detect and treat an ectopic pregnancy

Written by: Dra. Laura Arias Arias
Edited by: Top Doctors®


What is an ectopic pregnancy?

Ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy or embryo implanted outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian. They are not be evolutionary gestations and requiring be treated medically or surgically. Specialists in gynecology distinguish different causes for this type of pregnancy, the most common are:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease in women that alter the proper functioning of the tubes
  • History of previous surgery on the pelvis
  • the snuff
  • endometriosis


Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy

Initially it presented as a positive pregnancy test, but may appear a small vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain ... If not diagnosed or acts, you may give blood in the abdominal cavity and even produce a severe leading to the patient to enter and require emergency surgery.

It is usually diagnosed with ultrasound and analytical serial in very early stages, allowing us to act in time to Occur a rugged box.


Treatment of ectopic pregnancy

Medical treatment, medical treatment that requires analytical serial control until the pregnancy hormone is negative starts.

Surgical treatment is performed by laparoscopy to evacuate the gestational sac and retain the tube. In cases where necessary should remove the tube, either because it is broken or because the size of the ectopic pregnancy is very large. Forecast.


Can there be a normal pregnancy after an ectopic pregnancy?

Depending on the treatment that required the first ectopic pregnancy there is a greater predisposition to suffer a second after the horn conserving surgery: 10% of the case Ectopic Pregnancy can be repeated in the same tube.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Laura Arias Arias
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Arias specializes in Gynecology and Obstetrics, specifically in the fields of monitoring of pregnancy and childbirth assistance. It also has extensive training in high definition ultrasound, monitoring of high-risk pregnancies, miscarriages, abortion during the 1st quarter and Ectopic Pregnancy. Award for Best Communication "Cap de Setmana Obstetric VII i Ginecòlogic" Sitges-93 and First Prize XIV Vallés Health Days organized by the Academy of Medical Sciences of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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