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Tubal Pregnancy Illustration

Ectopic pregnancy (also called tubal pregnancy or abdominal pregnancy) is a pregnancy that occurs outside the uterus. Ectopic pregnancy can threaten the life of the mother. Usually, a fertilized egg travels down the Fallopian tubes to the uterus. In the case of an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized becomes stuck in the Fallopian tube. Ectopic pregnancy symptoms include early pregnancy symptoms like nausea, tender breasts, cramping on one side of the abdomen or hip, unusual vaginal bleeding, pain in the lower back, and an absence of periods. Ectopic pregnancy treatment may include surgery or pregnancy-terminating medicine.

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Text Reference: The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Ectopic Pregnancy"