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Cervical ectopic pregnancy diagnosed by point-of-care emergency department ultrasound

Veena Modayil, Adam Ash, Christopher Raio
Journal of Emergency Medicine 2011, 41 (6): 655-7
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BACKGROUND: Although rare, cervical ectopic pregnancy (EP) represents a potentially lethal variation of a common first-trimester disease entity.

CASE REPORT: We report a case of low abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding diagnosed as a cervical EP by point-of-care ultrasound.

CONCLUSION: Familiarity with cervical EP and its sonographic appearance is essential for emergency physicians because it can be easily mistaken for an intrauterine pregnancy or other obstetric/gynecologic pathology, such as an incomplete abortion or nabothian cyst. The management of each of these differs substantially, making accurate diagnosis crucial.

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