Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy is the presence of a growing fetus outside the womb. It is a condition commonly seen within the first 6 to 8 weeks of pregnancy and most women who have this type of pregnancy are not even aware that they are pregnant. See the cause, diagnosis and treatment of pregnancies outside the womb.

Also called ectopic gestation, symptoms include a right or left lower abdominal pain in a woman who has not seen her period for about four to eight weeks and may or may not be aware that she is pregnant.

There may be associated spotting or vaginal bleed.

In severe cases, especially when there is a rupture of the pregnancy within the fallopian tube - the most common site where this type of pregnancy occurs, there may be sudden onset severe abdominal pain with abdominal swelling and shoulder tip pain.


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