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Posted by: hestie | 2004/10/04

ectopic pregnancy

This was in one of your articles on menstrual bleeding. What is ectopic pregnancy?

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Ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy outside the uterus(womb). Usually in the tubes.

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Posted by: Golly | 2004/10/04

hestie,

Ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilised embrio implants in the fallopian tube instead of moving down the fallopian tube and implanting into the uterus. This may be caused by narrowing of the tube or blockage of the tube. At a certain stage of development, the embrio gets too big for the tube and the tube ruptures. It is a very serious condition as you bleed internally. Normally, the ruptured tube is removed during emergency surgery. If the ectopic pregnancy is picked up before rupture, the embrio can be removed and the tube saved.

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