Ectopic pregnancy presents very particular and potentially life-threatening risks to the expectant mother. Penningtons has acted in a number of cases of delayed diagnosis of ectopic pregnancies.
Delays may arise for different reasons, including failure properly to consider the mother's presenting symptoms, to arrange regular repeat ultrasound scans or to repeat hormone level tests for hCG measurements. Early diagnosis is imperative as ectopic pregnancy can carry with it a risk that the oviduct (or Fallopian tube) may rupture, which needs salpingectomy and can affect fertility.
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