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Ruptured Ectopic Pregnancy Overview

What is a ruptured ectopic pregnancy?
A woman with a ruptured ectopic pregnancy has a developing pregnancy in the Fallopian tube. The growing pregnancy becomes larger than the Fallopian tube, causing it to rupture. The ruptured tube can bleed, causing severe bleeding into the abdomen.

What are the symptoms of a ruptured ectopic pregnancy?
Symptoms of a ruptured ectopic pregnancy may include lower abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, vomiting, low blood pressure, faintness, pale skin, or fainting.

How does the doctor treat a ruptured ectopic pregnancy?
Treatment for a ruptured ectopic pregnancy includes surgery to remove the ectopic pregnancy. Usually, a Fallopian tube must also be removed.

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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