Ectopic Pregnancy Diagnosis


Prior to the development of ultrasound, a culdocentesis was recommended more often than it is today. A culdocentesis involves placing a needle behind the vagina to check for blood or fluid.



A laparoscopy is an extremely accurate tool when making an ectopic pregnancy diagnosis. It can also be used to remove the ectopic pregnancy. It is the last step considered, however, because it involves anesthesia and increased risks.


(Click Laparoscopy for an Ectopic Pregnancy or Ectopic Pregnancy Surgery for more information.)


Ectopic Pregnancy -- Or Another Medical Condition?

Several medical conditions share similar symptoms with an ectopic pregnancy. Therefore, before making an ectopic pregnancy diagnosis, your doctor will also consider these conditions. They include:


Pregnancy and Pain

Ectopic Pregnancies

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