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small number of pregnancies, the fertilized egg attaches to an area outside of
the uterus, rather than in the uterus. This is called an ectopic pregnancy or
Nearly all ectopic pregnancies develop in
a fallopian tube. These are often called tubal pregnancies. If left untreated,
a tubal ectopic pregnancy can cause fallopian tube damage and cause heavy
bleeding that could be deadly. So unless the pregnancy is miscarrying on its
own, medicine or surgery is used to stop the pregnancy.
pregnancy can also occur in an ovary, the cervix, or the abdomen. This is
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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