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Ectopic Pregnancy

Alternate Names : Pregnancy in the Fallopian Tube, Tubal Pregnancy, Extrauterine Pregnancy

Ectopic Pregnancy | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

Tests that may be done to help diagnose an ectopic pregnancy include:

  • a serum pregnancy test to check the level of the pregnancy hormone HCG
  • pregnancy ultrasound with a vaginal wand. This lets the healthcare provider find an embryo and fetal heartbeat by four to five weeks, even in the fallopian tube. Any blood in the pelvis can also been seen.
  • putting a needle into the abdomen through the top of the vagina to tap any leaking blood from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy
  • laparoscopy, which involves placing a tiny, lighted scope into the abdomen through a small incision below the belly button. Done under general anesthesia, this procedure allows the surgeon to check the pelvic organs for an ectopic pregnancy.

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    Author: Eva Martin, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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