Ectopic Pregnancy

  • Transvaginal ultrasound is the diagnostic tool of choice for tubal ectopic pregnancy.
  • Tubal ectopic pregnancies should be positively identified, if possible, by visualising an adnexal mass that moves separate to the ovary.
  • A serum beta-human chorionic gonadotrophin (β-hCG) level is useful for planning the management of an ultrasound visualised ectopic pregnancy.
  • Expectant management is an option for clinically stable women with an ultrasound diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy and a decreasing β-hCG level initially less than 1500 iu/l.
  • Systemic methotrexate may be offered to suitable women with a tubal ectopic pregnancy. It should never be given at the first visit, unless the diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy is absolutely clear and a viable intrauterine pregnancy has been excluded.
  • Surgical methods of management are associated with a high failure rate and should be reserved for those women suffering life-threatening bleeding.
  • Offer anti-D prophylaxis as per national protocol to all RhD-negative women who have surgical removal of an ectopic pregnancy, or where bleeding is repeated, heavy or associated with abdominal pain.

 

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