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Ultrasound Best Detector of Dangerous Ectopic Pregnancies, Study Finds

Posted 23 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 23 – Ectopic pregnancy, in which the fertilized egg grows in the fallopian tubes or other spots outside the uterus, typically leads to miscarriage and can even prove fatal. Now, a review of the data finds that taking a patient's history along with a clinical exam is not enough to diagnose the condition in women with abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding during early pregnancy. Instead, the researchers concluded that transvaginal ultrasound is the single best way to evaluate suspected ectopic pregnancy. These scans examine a woman's reproductive organs, including the uterus, ovaries, cervix and vagina. One expert not connected to the study said detecting ectopic pregnancy early on is crucial. "Risks from this complication include hemorrhage from rupture, death, and loss of the [fallopian] tube, either from rupture or surgical removal," said Dr. Kecia Gaither, vice chair of ... Read more

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Ectopic Pregnancy Treatments Have Similar Effects on Fertility

Posted 13 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 13 – Fertility rates are about the same for women who undergo different types of treatments for ectopic pregnancy, according to a new study. In an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg grows outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes. This typically leads to a miscarriage. This study looked at pregnancies among more than 400 women in France two years after their ectopic pregnancy had been treated using one of three methods: methotrexate injection to halt the pregnancy; conservative surgery, which preserves the fallopian tube; and radical surgery, which removes the fallopian tube. The first part of the study compared drug treatment and conservative surgery, while the second part compared conservative and radical surgery. The researchers did not directly compare drug treatment and radical surgery, because some women must be treated by surgery. Pregnancy rates two ... Read more

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Fewer Children for Women After Ectopic Pregnancy: Study

Posted 18 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 18 – Women whose first pregnancy is ectopic have fewer children and are at increased risk for another ectopic pregnancy, a new study says. Ectopic pregnancies account for about 1 percent of pregnancies and occur when a fertilized egg implants somewhere other than in the womb. Ectopic pregnancies usually occur in the fallopian tubes, which carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy is potentially life-threatening condition for the mother. Often the implanted egg dies, but some women require medication or surgery. For this study, nearly 3,000 Danish women whose first pregnancy was ectopic were followed for an average of 23 years. They were compared to women whose first pregnancy ended in delivery, miscarriage or abortion. Women with an ectopic pregnancy had the lowest long-term rate of subsequent births at 69 per 100 women, compared with 126 per 100 ... Read more

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Illicit Drug Use May Be Driving Rise in Ectopic Pregnancies in Florida

Posted 16 Feb 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16 – An alarming increase in ectopic pregnancy-related deaths among Florida women is likely caused by illicit drug use and delays in seeking medical care, a U.S. report released Thursday says. The finding that deaths from ectopic pregnancies jumped fourfold in the past decade in Florida points to a need for improved access to health care and greater awareness of the importance of early pregnancy testing, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report published in the Feb. 17 issue of the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. "This is the first report of an abrupt increase in ectopic pregnancy deaths identified in the United States in recent times," the CDC researchers said in the report. Ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition that occurs when an egg is fertilized outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian ... Read more

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