Dictionary of Gynaecology

Ectopic pregnancy

Implantation of the embryo outside the endometrial cavity. Its most common form is when the embryo is implanted in the fallopian tube, but can occur in the ovary, abdominal cavity or cervix. The embryo will never be viable and at the same time runs the risk of causing a rupture of the tube with internal bleeding and risk of serious maternal complications. Also called tubal pregnancy.

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