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Ectopic Pregnancies And The Importance Of Fast Action

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The NHS predicts that around 1 in every 90 pregnancies in the UK are ectopic, totalling around 11,000 pregnancies a year.

An ectopic pregnancy is the fertilisation of an egg outside of the womb and can pose a serious risk to the health of the person carrying. Sadly, this type of pregnancy does not proceed normally as the egg is unable to survive outside of the main cavity of the uterus. The most common form of ectopic pregnancy occurs within the fallopian tube where an egg may become trapped while travelling to the uterus. If left untreated can result in the tube rupturing and the loss of the tube altogether.

In the event of an ectopic pregnancy, it is important to act as soon as possible. A ruptured fallopian tube can result in life-threatening bleeding and emergency surgery. Once an ectopic pregnancy has been diagnosed, treatment must begin as a matter of urgency to remove the egg before it grows too large and leads to further complications. Early diagnosis provides more options for treatment, which may be active monitoring or the administration of medication to stop growth instead of the surgical route, although this is the most common.

Women experiencing an ectopic pregnancy do not always show symptoms however some signs are recognised as a potential ectopic pregnancy. These symptoms include vaginal bleeding and abdominal pain and important signs like this should be investigated by your GP or hospital consultant. If an ectopic pregnancy is not diagnosed promptly and therefore causes further injury or loss, it may be a negligent misdiagnosis.

The loss of a pregnancy can of course be incredibly upsetting to families. We understand how devastating it can be and can advise further on what options may be available to you in these circumstances.

If you do have any concerns about the treatment you have received please contact our Medical Negligence team on 0800 088 6004.

Ellie Tait


Ellie Tait


Ellie is a trainee solicitor currently working in the Commercial Property team at our Corby Office. Prior to joining the Commercial Property team Ellie has gained experience working in Commercial Litigation and Clinical Negligence.