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An ectopic pregnancy differs from a normal pregnancy in that the fertilized egg descends from the ovaries through the Fallopian tube but stops and implants in the Fallopian tube instead of the uterus proper. Such a pregnancy can only develop so far because the Fallopian tube is such a small space and the pregnancy eventually succumbs to the pressure against the Fallopian tube and the Fallopian tube stretches and then ruptures. If an ectopic pregnancy occurs, it is the job of the doctor to remove the products of pregnancy before it causes tubal rupture. An ectopic pregnancy can also mean a pregnancy that has implanted somewhere other than the fallopian tube, such as on the ovary itself or someplace else in the abdominal or pelvic area.

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Our medical negligence solicitors deal with personal injury compensation claims arising from clinical errors relating to ectopic pregnancy. We deal with claims using the no win no fee scheme. To speak to one of our medical negligence solicitors about ectopic pregnancy just email our offices or complete the contact form or call our helpline. We offer free advice with no further obligation.

Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancies cannot be salvaged. They can only be removed as quickly as possible so that the fallopian tube can be saved for future pregnancies. The larger a tubal pregnancy or other ectopic pregnancy gets, the more bleeding complications can happen. Ectopic pregnancies are dangerous and can be fatal if not treated promptly.

Ectopic pregnancies can be caused by a number of things. If the fallopian tube is damaged somehow or is otherwise not smooth, an ectopic pregnancy can occur. The egg gets hung up on a scarred area of the fallopian tube and begins to grow there. In addition, things like smoking increase your chances of having an ectopic pregnancy. Pelvic inflammatory disease, which is an infection of the reproductive tract caused by Chlamydia or gonorrhea, can scar the fallopian tube and can damage the tube. Endometriosis is a collection of endometrial tissue that has travelled up the fallopian tubes and has implanted there. It results in a blockage of the zygote in its path to the uterus. If you were exposed to the chemical DES before you were born, you’re at a higher risk of having an ectopic pregnancy. Surgical treatments can increase your risk as well, including surgery in the pelvic area or on the fallopian tubes themselves, having a reversal of a tubal ligation or having in vitro fertilization or other fertility treatments.

So what are the major symptoms of ectopic pregnancy? In the early stages, an ectopic pregnancy feels just like a normal pregnancy. You’ll have fatigue, nausea and pain in the breasts. As the ectopic pregnancy advances, you’ll get pain in the pelvis or abdomen that begins on one side of the pelvis and spreads throughout the abdomen and pelvis. There may be vaginal bleeding from the tube bleeding.

The doctor can diagnose an ectopic pregnancy by doing a urine evaluation for pregnancy and by following that up with an ultrasound. Another way to check the hormones in an early ectopic pregnancy is to get a serum quantitative HCG (pregnancy hormone) level on one day and again two days later. If the level hasn’t doubled in two days, the pregnancy is in trouble.

An ectopic pregnancy is treated in a couple of ways. Medications can be used, such as methotrexate, to shrink the pregnancy and allow it to pass on its own. This works well in early cases of ectopic pregnancy. The shot may need to be repeated more than once and the reduction in pregnancy is followed using the quantitative HCG levels. If this doesn’t work or the pregnancy is too advanced, doctors do laparoscopic surgery on the pelvis to open up and clean out the fallopian tube. If the tube seems viable, it is sewn back together and salvaged. If the tube is seriously damaged from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy, the surgery must involve removal of a portion of the tube along with the products of pregnancy.

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