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A ruptured ectopic pregnancy is the breaking or bursting of a
fallopian tube that contains a fertilized egg. This can cause life-threatening
bleeding (hemorrhaging) and shock.
In a normal pregnancy, the fertilized egg implants in the uterus,
which easily expands as the fetus grows. Most ectopic pregnancies implant in a
woman's fallopian tube. This narrow structure is likely to rupture in the first
few months of an ectopic pregnancy unless treated.
Early prenatal care is critical to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy
and prevent it from rupturing.
Current as of:
March 16, 2017
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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