ECTOPIC PREGNANCY.Posted by: amazingkozi | Posted on: December 18, 2019
Ectopic pregnancy is a complication of pregnancy in which the embryo attaches outside the uterus.
Often, the first warning sign of an ectopic pregnancy is pelvic pain. Light vaginal bleeding may also occur. If blood leaks from the fallopian tube, you may feel increasing abdominal pain, an urge to have a bowel movement or pelvic discomfort.
- A pelvic exam to check the size of your uterus and feel for growths or tenderness in your belly.
- A blood test that checks the level of the pregnancy hormone (hCG). This test is repeated 2 days later.
- An ultrasound. This test can show pictures of what is inside your belly.
The structure containing the fetus typically ruptures after about 6 to 16 weeks, long before the fetus is able to live on its own. When an ectopic pregnancy ruptures, bleeding may be severe and even threaten the life of the woman.
Even in the extremely rare cases of live birth by surgery, the mother is at risk as the placenta does not naturally detach and be discharged as afterbirth as in a uterine pregnancy.
An ectopic pregnancy can be fatal without prompt treatment. For example, the fallopian tube can burst, causing internal abdominal bleeding, shock, and serious blood loss. … An embryo cannot survive an ectopic pregnancy. However, if a rupture occurs, the consequences can be serious, and prompt treatment is essential.
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