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1

what is an ectopic pregnancy?

a gestation outside of the uterus

2

where does it usually occur?

the fallopian tubes

3

how is it confirmed?

with an ultrasound

4

what is the first sign of an ectopic pregnancy?

pain

5

T or F?

this patient will not exhibit the usual signs of pregnancy.

F!

6

what causes this patient pain?

they may be bleeding or spotting into the peritoneum (blood may come out too)

7

T OR F?

if a patient has had an ectopic pregnancy, it is unlikely she will have another.

F! she has increased risk for having another

8

why would methotrexate be given to mommy?

to stop the growth of the embryo to save the tube

9

what will be done if the methotrexate doesn't work?

a laparoscopy may be done.

10

what is a laparoscopy?

when the doc makes a small incision in the fallopian tube and manually remove the embryo in order to save the tube.

11

can the entire tube be removed?

yes

12

what is a laparotomy? why would it need to be done?

laparotomy AKA abdominal exploration

- if the tube has ruptured, or this patient has an advanced ectopic pregnancy.

13

what could happen if the fallopian tube ruptures?

- hemorrhage and may need a blood transfusion