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Ectopic Pregnancy Essay

780 words - 4 pages

Introduction
The topic I choose to do was Ectopic pregnancy. In a normal pregnancy, the ovaries release an egg into the fallopian tube. If the egg meets with a sperm, the fertilized egg moves into the uterus but in an Ectopic pregnancy the most common place for the egg to stay is in the fallopian tubes. Ectopic pregnancy was first described and come to awareness in North Americans the 11th century; it often was a fatal complication of pregnancy. In the 15th century (which is known as the middle ages era) pregnancy was believed to be the outcome of a person being infertile. The first unreported ectopic pregnancy was described in the results of an autopsy performed on a female prisoner who ...view middle of the document...

This will be her first child. After the great news she has been changing her life style since she is considered to be overweight. Unfortunately some complications started to appear 5 weeks into her pregnancy. She has noticed that there has been slight vaginal bleeding and mild cramps in the right lower abdominal region.
Diagnosis
The patient has to go to the hospital once unusual pregnancy symptoms are present. A pelvic exam and an ultrasound test are performed to view the uterus’ condition and fallopian tubes. If an ectopic pregnancy has been confirmed, the hospital provider will decide on the best treatment based on your medical condition and your future plans for pregnancy.
Treatments
If the ectopic pregnancy is detected in early the early stages, an injection of the drug methotrexate which is usually used in cancer patients, but because other drugs will not be as effect in helping in an ectopic pregnancy methotrexate is used. After the injection, the doctor will monitor your blood for the pregnancy hormone and if the level remains high, another injection of methotrexate may be needed.
If no rupture of the fallopian tube has occurred yet a removal of the Fallopian tube containing the ectopic pregnancy; which is called a salpingectomy is usually performed if the other tube is...

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