Ectopic Pregnancy

  • James V. Brasch


An ectopic pregnancy (EP) occurs whenever implantation of the fertilized ovum takes place on any tissue other than endometrium, including abnormal intrauterine implantations (the uterine cornua, uterine cervix) as well as more obvious extrauterine implantations (fallopian tube, peritoneal cavity). The first historical reference made to this entity was by the Arabic writer Albucasis in the year a.d.. 963.1 Described in 1693 by Busiere upon the examination of the body of an executed prisoner,2 it was finally discussed in print in the 17th century in F. Mariceau’s obstetrical textbook.3 Originally, EP was treated by observation, starvation, purgation, ergot, and electrocution and had a maternal mortality of nearly 70%. The first successful operation was performed March 1, 1883, when Lawson Tait performed a salpingectomy for the treatment of an ectopic pregnancy.4


Obstet Gynecol Fallopian Tube Corpus Luteum Ectopic Pregnancy Tubal Pregnancy 
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