Ectopic pregnancy: How the diagnostic and therapeutic management has changed

Norah M. Van Mello*, Femke Mol, Willem M. Ankum, Ben Willem Mol, Fulco Van Der Veen, Petra J. Hajenius

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Nowadays ectopic pregnancy often can be diagnosed before the woman's condition has deteriorated, which has altered the former clinical picture of a life-threatening disease into a more benign condition. This review describes the historical developments in the diagnostic and therapeutic management of ectopic pregnancy leading up to current clinical practice. The first attempts to diagnose ectopic pregnancy originate from the beginning of the 20th century.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1066-1073
Number of pages8
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012


  • Diagnosis
  • ectopic pregnancy
  • review
  • treatment


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