Ectopic Pregnancy (cont.)
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What is the treatment for ectopic pregnancy?
Ectopic pregnancy is not normal and does not represent a developing baby. This condition can be life-threatening and must be corrected. Your health-care professional will discuss which treatment is best.
What about methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall) to treat ectopic pregnancy?
What about surgery for ectopic pregnancy?
If the ectopic pregnancy is large or outside the Fallopian tube, or if there are signs of severe bleeding inside the abdomen, surgery is required. Often the surgeon can use laparoscopic surgery (small incisions in the abdomen to remove the ectopic tissue), but sometimes a larger incision is required. In the case of a tubal pregnancy, if the tube has not ruptured, sometimes it is possible to extract the tissue from the tube. Often, however, tubal damage is so great that the Fallopian tube must be removed.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/11/2016
Stephen Metz, MD
Jeff Disney, MD, FAAEM
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