Ectopic pregnancy


At a ectopic pregnancy The fertilized egg does not nest in the uterus but in the fallopian tube. This can happen if the fallopian tube is not completely permeable. Due to the growing embryo, the fallopian tube can break. Life-threatening bleeding in the abdominal cavity is the result. Since the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy are hardly different from those of a normal pregnancy, only a specialist can make the diagnosis. Read more about ectopic pregnancy here!

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  • Description and causes
  • Recognize symptoms
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Examinations and diagnosis
  • treatment
  • Course and prognosis

Quick Overview

  • What is an ectopic pregnancy? Pregnancy, in which the fertilized egg is implanted in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus. Most common form of extrauterine pregnancy (pregnancy with implantation of the embryo outside the uterus).
  • Causes: Not or not completely permeable fallopian tubes. Various risk factors, such as glued or bent fallopian tubes, ectopic polyps, previous infections of the tubes, previous ectopic pregnancies, abdominal or pelvic operations, smoking, spiral, fertility disorders, artificial insemination, etc.
  • symptoms: Labor-like abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, dizziness, circulatory problems, general malaise.
  • Complication: Fallopian tube rupture with severe bleeding into the abdominal cavity and circulatory shock (mortal danger!).
  • Treatment: Depending on the stage of ectopic pregnancy. Mostly surgical removal of the embryo, if possible with preservation of the affected fallopian tube. At a very early stage possibly drug treatment. Sometimes waiting under medical supervision (the Embyro can spontaneously go off alone).
  • Forecast: With proper treatment, complete healing. Later pregnancies can be quite normal.
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Ectopic pregnancy: description and causes

Ectopic pregnancy (tubal pregnancy) is the most common form of so-called ectopic pregnancy (around 96%).ectopic pregnancy, EUG). These are pregnancies in which the fertilized egg cell is implanted outside the uterus (ectopic implantation). In the case of ectopic pregnancy, the ovum is stuck in the fallopian tube. In other forms of extrauterine pregnancy, the ovum nests in the ovaries (ovarian pregnancy), the cervix (cervical pregnancy) or in the abdominal cavity (peritoneal pregnancy). It can not be discharged.

This happens in an ectopic pregnancy If the fertilized egg falsely nestles in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus, a risky ectopic pregnancy develops.

Extrauterine pregnancy accounts for one to two percent of all pregnancies.

Forms of ectopic pregnancy

Depending on where in the oviduct the ovum is implanted, physicians distinguish three forms of tubal pregnancy:

  • Ampullary ectopic pregnancy: The implantation takes place in the first third of the fallopian tube.
  • Isthmic ectopic pregnancy: The fertilized egg cell nests in the last third of the fallopian tube, just before it flows into the uterus.
  • Interstitial / intramural pregnancy: The fertilized egg cell nests at the transition from the fallopian tube to the uterus.

An ectopic pregnancy can not be carried out. Without treatment, the growing embryo can rupture the fallopian tube. This causes a life-threatening bleeding in the abdominal cavity.