Early Diagnosis of Ectopic Pregnancy

  • B. Cacciatore
  • P. Ylöstalo
  • M. Seppälä
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The incidence of ectopic pregnancy (EP) has increased rapidly during the past 20 years, but during the same period mortality has decreased. This is largely due to improved diagnostic measures (Mäkinen 1988). In spite of advances, EP still represents a major threat to the reproductive health of a woman at child-bearing age. Depending on whether or not EP was related to the use of an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD), 50%–80% of the patients will conceive again, while only 30%–50% will have a live birth (Sandvei et al. 1987). Early diagnosis before tubal damage would reduce subsequent morbidity and allow conservative fertility-preserving treatment.


Methotrexate Progesterone PGE2 Contraceptive Device Pregnan 


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  • B. Cacciatore
  • P. Ylöstalo
  • M. Seppälä

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