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Ectopic Pregnancy

Introduction: Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a woman's fertilized egg implants in any tissue other then the lining of the uterus. Ectopic pregnancies happen most often in the fallopian tube, but a fertilized egg might also implant in the abdomen, ovary, or on the cervix. An ectopic pregnancy in the fallopian tube is commonly known as a tubal pregnancy.

A fertilized egg that has implanted in tissues outside the uterus generally will cause severe tissue damage as it grows and tries to establish a blood supply. An ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening emergency and must be treated promptly with surgery to avoid hemorrhage and critical blood loss. Women who have had pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, multiple sexual partners, a previous ectopic pregnancy, or are smokers are at greater risk for developing an ectopic pregnancy. In addition, a history of tubal ligation or surgery on the fallopian tubes increases the likelihood of ectopic pregnancy. Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy include abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding.

Descriptions of Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic Pregnancy: pregnancy resulting from gestation elsewhere than in the uterus
Source: WordNet 2.1

Ectopic Pregnancy: development of a fertilized ovum outside of the uterine cavity.
Source: Diseases Database

Ectopic Pregnancy : development of a fertilized ovum outside of the uterine cavity.
Source: CRISP

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