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Management of ectopic pregnancy

Abstract

Each year, around 11,000 women in the UK (around 1% of all pregnancies) present with an ectopic pregnancy,1 in which a fertilised ovum implants elsewhere than in the uterine cavity, usually a Fallopian tube. Left untreated, tubal ectopic pregnancy can lead to rupture of the Fallopian tube and life-threatening haemorrhage, and never results in a live birth. Improvements in management have led to a fall in the mortality rate from 2.9 per 1000 ectopic pregnancies in the early 1970s2 to 0.4 per 1000 in 1994-1996.1 Here we review the current management of tubal ectopic pregnancy.

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