Ectopic Pregnancy

Ovid Insights: Surgical Management of Ectopic Pregnancy

The first successful surgical treatment of ectopic pregnancy (EP) was described in 1883 by Tait.1 He performed salpingectomy on four women with ectopic pregnancy, and they all survived, an event that was extraordinary then. In 1973, Shapiro and Adler described treatment of ectopic pregnancy by laparoscopy, and today it is the standard surgical treatment of ectopic pregnancy. The key for a successful laparoscopic treatment of ectopic pregnancy is early diagnosis. This can be achieved by serial serum human chorionic gonadotropin (β-hCG) measurement and by transvaginal ultrasound examination. Once the diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy is made, the mode of treatment can be tailored accordingly.


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