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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181b0be24
Laparoscopic Surgery

Ectopic Pregnancy:: Role of Laparoscopic Treatment

EHRENBERG-BUCHNER, STACEY MD*; SANDADI, SAMITH MD, MSc*; MOAWAD, NASHAT S. MD; PINKERTON, JAY S. MD*; HURD, WILLIAM W. MD, MSc*

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Abstract

Ectopic pregnancy is a common condition with the immediate risk of life-threatening hemorrhage and subsequent risks of infertility and recurrence. Despite remarkable advances in diagnosis and treatment, ectopic pregnancies account for 9% of all maternal deaths. Early diagnosis has led to the development of innovative surgical and nonsurgical options. The choice of treatment, including expectant, medical, and surgical approaches, depends on ectopic location, symptoms, gestational age, and future fertility desires. Goals are to make the diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy early and provide the most effective and least invasive procedure while sparing future fertility when desired.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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