Saturday, November 6, 2010

Early Detection for Ectopic Pregnancy

FROM NBC: A new test may help diagnose ectopic pregnancy more easily -- reducing emotional stress and unnecessary deaths. An ectopic pregnancy occurs outside the uterus -- and is the leading cause of pregnancy-related first trimester deaths.

British researchers measured levels of a specific molecule in 40 women who had a tubal ectopic pregnancy. These women had lower levels of the molecule compared to those who had normal, healthy pregnancies.

The simple, inexpensive test could help doctors diagnose an ectopic pregnancy in an urgent situation -- but more large scale studies need to be done to determine its usefulness.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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