Pregnancy

Ruptured Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is where the development of the fetus takes place outside the uterus.  These pregnancies are non-viable and can endanger the life of the mother.

A ruptured ectopic pregnancy is extremely dangerous and results in immediate heavy bleeding.  It is a very crucial situation that requires immediate medical help; otherwise, it can prove fatal for the mother.

What Are The Signs and Symptoms of a Ruptured Ectopic Pregnancy:

The signs and symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy include:

  • Sharp stabbing pain in the lower abdomen, pelvic region, lower back or shoulder region
  • In case bleeding from the ruptured ectopic pregnancy takes place, it can create pressure on the diaphragm, which can create shoulder pain.
  • Sometimes vomiting sensation, nausea, dizziness
  • Low blood pressure due to loss of blood

Treatment For Ruptured Ectopic Pregnancies:

The treatment for an ectopic pregnancy depends on many factors.

  • If the Ectopic pregnancy is detected earlier it can be stopped with the help of a methotrexate injection, which is a medication that will stop the growth of fetus with immediate effect.
  • In case of a ruptured ectopic pregnancy, surgery is the only option. In such a case a major surgery is performed that removes all the parts of the fetus completely.
  • This surgery can also be performed with the help of microscopic procedures. In this method a small incision is made in the woman’s lower abdomen and the parts of the fetus are removed.

A woman who undergoes surgery or treatment for a ruptured ectopic pregnancy should be constantly monitored by her physician for any side effects.

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