A retrospective study to assess incidence of ectopic pregnancies in Saveetha Medical College and Hospital

S. K. Dheepthikaa, Rajalekshmi Murugan


Background: Ectopic pregnancy is an acute abdominal emergency causing maternal morbidity and mortality. The overall incidence of ectopic pregnancy is increasing in recent times but due to early diagnosis and management the case fatality rate has reduced. Aim of the study is to determine the incidence of ectopic pregnancies in Saveetha hospital and find out common risk factors.

Methods: A retrospective study was conducted by analysing the medical records of the patients admitted in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for 4 years from January 2015 to 2019 at Saveetha hospital, Chennai. The number of ectopic pregnancies out of the total pregnancies and the risk factors causing the ectopic pregnancies were analysed based on case sheets by simple descriptive statistics and percentage method.

Result: Incidence was 3% or 30/1000 deliveries. The common age group was between 18 to 38 years. Mean age of ectopic pregnancy was 27.42 years. Risk factors were tubal ligation surgeries- 39.3%, Intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUCD)-19.6%, Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)-16.1%, infertility and ovulation induction-10.7%, previous ectopic pregnancy and use of Oral contraceptive pills (OCP)-5.4% and previous induced abortions-3.6%.

Conclusion: Incidence of ectopic pregnancy is still remaining on the significant numbers. It can be diagnosed early by keeping a high index of suspicion. Tubectomy and other surgeries should be done with proper care. Education regarding safe abortion, unsupervised usage of OCP and risk of ovulation induction to avoid ectopic pregnancies.


Ectopic pregnancy, Tubal ligation, OCP

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