A normal pregnancy is one where the embryo implants in a woman's uterus. An ectopic, or "tubal" pregnancy is one where the embryo implants somewhere other than in the uterus. Most commonly, an ectopic pregnancy implants in a woman's fallopian tube (one of the tubes leading from the ovary to the uterus.) Ectopic pregnancy is commonly diagnosed when a woman has a positive pregnancy test but an ultrasound doesn't show a pregnancy in the uterus when it should be visible. A health care provider might also suspect an ectopic pregnancy based on a pelvic exam or symptoms the woman is having, such as one-sided pain.
Ectopic pregnancy is a medical condition which must be treated by a medical professional. Without treatment, the fallopian tube may rupture, which can result in serious injury or death. The usual treatment for an ectopic pregnancy that is detected early is methotrexate. It is not possible to carry an ectopic pregnancy to term.
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