Ectopic Pregnancy Malpractice
An ectopic pregnancy can be differentiated from a traditional pregnancy because the egg that becomes fertilized travels down the fallopian tube from the ovary, but then stops and becomes implanted in the tube, rather than inside of the uterus. Since the embryo is not in the uterus, it cannot progress normally and the result is usually a termination of the pregnancy. If this issue is not managed quickly, the tube can stretch and break causing serious injuries and complications. There are also many cases where an ectopic pregnancy occurs somewhere other than the fallopian tube, such as in the abdomen, ovary or pelvic region.
Ectopic Pregnancy Medical Malpractice Lawyers
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Ectopic Pregnancy Overview
As difficult as it may be, there is no way to save an ectopic pregnancy. The best treatment is to remove it quickly, so there is no permanent damage to the fallopian tube. If this is not done promptly, future pregnancies may be compromised, and the condition can even become fatal.
There are a variety of factors that can lead to the occurrence of an ectopic pregnancy. Whenever the fallopian tube is damaged, and is no longer smooth, eggs can get caught. This leads to the egg implanting and starting to grow in that location, rather than being able to proceed as intended. Smoking, and exposure to chemicals prior to the mother being born, can also increase the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy. Other factors such as previous surgeries, and pelvic inflammatory disease (a type of infection that is often linked to Chlamydia and gonorrhea) can also cause scarring. Furthermore, pelvic procedures such as fertility treatments and tubal ligation reversal can also increase the risk of ectopic pregnancies.
Early stages of ectopic pregnancies often resemble those of traditional pregnancies. Feelings of fatigue, nausea, and breast tenderness are all common. As the pregnancy advances, the woman may note pain in the pelvic region or abdomen that begins on one side and then spreads throughout a larger area. There can also be some vaginal bleeding reported as well.
Physicians can diagnose the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy by looking at an ultrasound and by conducting a urine test. Another common diagnosis technique is to verify hormone levels, especially the HCG hormone level. If the level has not doubled two days after the first test, there may be an issue with the pregnancy.
There are a couple of options to deal with an ectopic pregnancy. The first option is to administer medication, often methotrexate, to reduce the pregnancy in size until it passes through the tube on its own. This is often very effective in the earliest stages. A simple shot is given to the patient, and a follow up dose may be needed. If the medication does not work properly, or if the pregnancy has progressed too far, laparoscopic surgery on the fallopian tubes or the pelvic area may be needed. If there is no damage to the tube, it may be able to be saved and repaired. If it is ruptured or badly damaged, some of the tube may need to be completely removed.
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