A retrospective analysis of ectopic pregnancies in tertiary care hospital of Western India: two year study


  • Tanmay J. Chudasama Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, SVP Hospital, NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • Sapana R. Shah Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, SVP Hospital, NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • Rupa C. Vyas Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, SVP Hospital, NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • Purvi M. Parikh Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, SVP Hospital, NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India




Bleeding per vagina, Ectopic pregnancy, Pelvic inflammatory disease, Urine pregnancy test


Background: Ectopic pregnancy (EP) is the leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality in the first trimester and major cause of reduced reproductive potential. Early detection of EP by improved ultrasonography modalities has decreased the rate of rupture and consequent maternal morbidity. Aim was to study the predisposing risk factors in modern scenario and choose the appropriate management available.

Methods: A retrospective study on clinical diagnosis and management of EP of patients was carried out between January 2018 to February 2020. Investigations included CBC, UPT, serum β-hCG and TVS. Management was decided after thorough evaluation.

Results: Out of 7,780 deliveries, 70 were EP (0.9%). Women with age 21-30 year had highest incidence (85.7%). Common symptoms were abdominal pain (94%), amenorrhea (87%), bleeding per vagina (48%). Most common risk factor associated with EP was PID (28.5%). Tubal EP was most common (84.2%) involving ampulla (66%), isthmus (15%), fimbria (12%), interstitial (7%). Scar ectopic was reported in 10% of cases and ovarian, rudimentary horn and abdominal pregnancy in 1.4% each. About 52.8% of ectopic was ruptured and salpingectomy was done in 74.3% and salpingo-oophorectomy in 2.8%. Five cases of scar EP required hysterotomy and 1 case was managed by methotrexate (MTX).

Conclusions: EP remains a major challenge to the obstetrician worldwide. A high index of suspicion is required for early diagnosis and timely intervention in the form of medical or surgical treatment will definitely help in reducing the morbidity and mortality.


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