How is an ectopic pregnancy diagnosed?

Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
An ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed by an abnormal rise in the pregnancy hormones along with vaginal bleeding and an ultrasound that shows the absence of an intrauterine pregnancy and/or a pregnancy seen in the fallopian tubes.  The diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy is very difficult.  Due to the fact that this can be a life-threatening situation, it is very important that a patient stay in close contact with her doctor during the evaluation of an early pregnancy, especially if their doctor is worried that she could have an ectopic pregnancy.

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