Ectopic pregnancy happens when the fertilized ovum implants outside the endometrial lining of the uterus.
Accurate early diagnosis is life-saving, reduces invasive diagnostic procedures & allows conservative treatment that can preserve fertility.
Ectopic pregnancy must be excluded in women of reproductive age w/ a positive pregnancy test, abdominal pain & vaginal bleeding.
Ruptured ectopic pregnancy remains to be the leading cause of maternal mortality in the first trimester.
Miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy carries a considerable risk of psychological morbidity—post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, in particular—that persists at least 3 months after pregnancy loss, according to the results of a pilot study.
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