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Details the various outcomes of an ectopic pregnancy.

What is the outcome of ectopic pregnancy?

Not all cases of ectopic pregnancies progress and pose a threat to the mother, in many cases the fetus dies and is absorbed. This is because there is either not enough space for the pregnancy to grow properly or the placenta can not form properly.

If the ectopic pregnancy does not die and carries on growing, the thin wall of the tube will stretch, causing pain in the lower abdomen. There may be some vaginal bleeding at this time. As the pregnancy grows, the tube may rupture; causing severe abdominal pain, internal bleeding and the patient may collapse. In the United Kingdom, ectopic pregnancy remains the leading cause of pregnancy related first trimester death.

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