Current management of ectopic pregnancy

Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2007 Sep;34(3):403-19, x. doi: 10.1016/j.ogc.2007.07.001.


Ectopic pregnancy continues to be one of the most common gynecologic emergencies and is the leading cause of pregnancy-related first-trimester death in the United States. The rate of ectopic pregnancy continues to rise because of increases in the incidences of its risk factors. However, improved modalities of early diagnosis and treatment have reduced both mortality and morbidity of this condition. In this article, the authors present an evidence-based review of the risk factors and presentation of ectopic pregnancy, including the utility of various diagnostic techniques, and compare the appropriateness and effectiveness of different therapeutic approaches.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abortifacient Agents, Nonsteroidal / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Methotrexate / therapeutic use
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, Ectopic / diagnosis*
  • Pregnancy, Ectopic / etiology
  • Pregnancy, Ectopic / therapy*
  • Risk Factors
  • Salpingostomy


  • Abortifacient Agents, Nonsteroidal
  • Methotrexate