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Ectopic pregnancies could cause life risk
February 16, 2013
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ABU DHABI: Just like babies who are up to mischievous acts hiding inside the closets or behind furnitures, the unborn foetuses/embryos too tend to do these in the mother’s womb.

But unlike babies who create havoc with fun and laughter, ectopic pregnancies create a disaster that could be life threatening.

“A ruptured ectopic pregnancy could kill a mother if not treated on time,” said Dr Sajira Bhasi, specialist gynaecologist, Life Line Hospital, Abu Dhabi.

The specialist treats around five cases related to ectopic pregnancies every month and voices her concern when it comes to the risk factors associated in pregnant women.

“The diagnosis is not always easy and a delay in correct diagnosis and treatment can have serious consequences, including loss of life for bother mother and child,” she told ‘The Gulf Today.’

She warned that women in the reproductive age group should always be aware of their pregnancy, despite using contraception, as failure rates with any contraception is inevitable.

“Women with risk factors like those with previous pelvic infections, tubal surgeries and on POP (progesterone pills) should be extremely careful. If in doubt consult the physician early and pregnant women should be vigilant and see the obstetrician at the earliest,” she said.

“Moreover, in approximately 98 per cent of pregnancies, the embryo implants within the uterine cavity, typically into the upper posterior wall of the uterus. In a small percentage of pregnancies, however, the embryo implants in extra uterine (ectopic) locations.”

Dr Bhasi further said that in most extra uterine pregnancies (ectopic pregnancies) 97 per cent implants take place in the Fallopian tube; the remainder involve various other anatomic locations like cervix, ovary and abdominal cavity. She advised that the only treatment is surgery.
 

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