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What is ectopic pregnancy?

Ectopic pregnancy is a condition in which the fertilised egg implants anywhere outside the uterus (womb), generally in one of the fallopian tubes or rarely in the ovary, cervix or inside the abdomen. The fallopian tube is a long tube attached to the uterus that carries eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. It cannot hold the growing fertilised egg during and can get stretched and rupture eventually. The embryo does not usually survive and the condition can be life-threatening for the mother, thus early treatment is necessary.

The worldwide incidence of ectopic pregnancy is around0.25-2%, and it is likely to happen in one out of every 161 pregnancies.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

During a normal pregnancy, women generally experience symptoms like nausea and vomiting. Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy start to appear within 4-10 weeks of pregnancy.

Common symptoms include:

In some cases, the ectopic pregnancy may result in rupture of the fallopian tube and present with additional symptoms like:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Pain at the shoulder tip
  • Pain during urination or passing stools
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Paleness

What are its main causes?

The exact cause is unknown. The following factors increase the risk of developing an ectopic pregnancy:

  • Age above 40 years
  • History of abdominal surgery, pelvic surgery including tubal ligation (to prevent pregnancy) and pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Any injury to the fallopian tube
  • Previous ectopic pregnancy
  • Birth control pills or intrauterine devices
  • Fertility medications

How is it diagnosed and treated?

If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms during pregnancy, consult your doctor (gynaecologist). He/she will initially perform a physical examination of your lower abdomen (pelvis) to identify the location of your pain and any tenderness. An ultrasound scan of the uterus and a pregnancy test is carried out to confirm ectopic pregnancy. Levels of pregnancy hormones like hCG and progesterone are also monitored.

Currently, available treatment includes medication and a surgical procedure. A surgical procedure called laparotomy is done if the tube has ruptured and has caused severe internal bleeding.

The chances of future pregnancies after an ectopic pregnancy may be reduced, but are still good if the fallopian tubes are not damaged.

  1. Medicines for Ectopic Pregnancy

Medicines for Ectopic Pregnancy

Medicines listed below are available for Ectopic Pregnancy. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
FolitraxFolitrax 10 Tablet99
ImutrexImutrex 10 Mg Tablet37
MeditrexMeditrex 10 Mg Tablet0
MerexMerex 1000 Mg Injection952
MethocelMethocel 1000 Mg Injection723
Mexate TabletMexate 10 Mg Tablet37
Mext TabletMext 10 Mg Tablet95
NeotrexateNeotrexate 2.5 Mg Tablet41
OncotrexOncotrex 10 Mg Tablet128
Mext FMext F 7.5 Mg/1 Mg Tablet52
RemtrexRemtrex 15 Mg Injection52
TruxofolTruxofol 7.5 Mg/1 Mg Tablet40
HitrexHitrex 15 Mg Injection40
MethMeth 2.5 Mg Tablet40
MethocipMethocip 50 Mg Injection38
MethofastMethofast 15 Mg Injection41
Mexate Combipack 25 Mg InjectionMexate Combipack 25 Mg Injection44
RhutraxRhutrax 15 Mg Tablet167
RhutrexRhutrex 10 Mg Tablet90
TrexTrex 2.5 Mg Tablet28
TrexoparTrexopar 15 Mg Injection44
UnitrexateUnitrexate 15 Mg Injection38
VibziVibzi 5 Mg Tablet53
MethotrexateMETHOTREXATE 2.5MG TABLET 10S0

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References

  1. American Pregnancy Association. Ectopic Pregnancy. [Internet]
  2. Vanitha N Sivalingam et al. Diagnosis and management of ectopic pregnancy. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care. 2011 Oct; 37(4): 231–240. PMID: 21727242
  3. Florin-Andrei Taran et al. Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2015 Oct; 112(41): 693–704. PMID: 26554319
  4. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: US National Library of Medicine; Ectopic Pregnancy
  5. Varma R, Gupta J. Tubal ectopic pregnancy.. BMJ Clin Evid. 2009 Apr 20;2009. pii: 1406. PMID: 19445747
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