It is the lack of menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain and vaginal bleeding.
What symptoms you should pay particular attention to?
Acute onset and severe pelvic pain in women who are or may be pregnant potential.
How made the diagnosis?
Pain, lack of menstruation and scanty bleeding from the vagina is typical genes. In order to make the diagnosis, to make a urine examination to see if the woman is pregnant. The test is positive, the doctor performs an ultrasound examination of the abdomen, which may or may not demonstrate a visible pregnancy outside the womb. If you cannot view the pregnancy by ultrasound, repeated measurements of the pregnancy hormone see stagnant values and thereby have a strong suspicion of the diagnosis. If the woman is much pain pained or influenced, made the diagnosis by keyhole surgery (laparoscopy), which simultaneously can treat the condition.
What treatment is there?
Suspected ectopic pregnancy will always lead to hospitalization to get a safety for the diagnosis. When the diagnosis is certain, there will in most cases be carried out keyhole surgery.
If the diagnosis is made early, before there is damage on the fallopian tube, one can afford to wait for the development. With 50-70% ends up in pregnancy an abortion without damage. The course followed with repeated blood tests (pregnancy hormone). Decreasing values is evidence that pregnancy back formed and decomposes by the woman’s immune system.
How is long-term prospects?
The fallopian tubes can rupture and be completely ruined. Inability to have children due to damage to the fallopian tubes can then occur. By rupture of the fallopian tube can be internal bleeding, which can be life-threatening. Quick treatment is important.
By early diagnosis and proper treatment is the prognosis good. It is important, however, to be on guard for similar symptoms at the new pregnancy, since the risk is increased in women who have had an ectopic pregnancy.
How do I avoid getting or exacerbating an ectopic pregnancy?
Protection against sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia by condom use. In addition, it appears that smoking, IVF and insemination with donor sperm increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy.