Early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy is essential to reduce deaths, says guideline

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 07 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5954
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy using transvaginal ultrasound and appropriate management depending on the type of ectopic pregnancy, including laparoscopic surgery for tubal pregnancy, is essential to reduce maternal complications and deaths from the condition, a new UK guideline recommends.1

One in every 90 pregnancies in the United Kingdom results in an ectopic pregnancy, as an estimated 11 000 ectopic pregnancies are diagnosed each year. Most occur in the fallopian tubes, but three to five in every 100 ectopic pregnancies occur at other sites, including the cervix or abdomen.

In ectopic pregnancies the embryo is unlikely to survive, and six maternal deaths …

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