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would doctors be able to detect ectopic pregnancy when doing surgical abortion for normal pregnancy?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Please Clarify: No. But, why? A person cannot be pregnant twice at the same time. Ectopic pregnancy happens outside of the uterus, thus it would not be diagnosed during a surgical procedure in the uterus.
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Surgical abortion should only be performed AFTER the confirmation of an intrauterine pregnancy. During a sonogram/ultrasound, ectopic pregnancy should be ruled out first prior to performance of a D&C. Rare cases of heterotopic pregnancy happen (2 pregnancies -- 1 inside and 1 outside), but that's EXTREMELY rare and patients usually have risk factors -- hx of infection/infertility treatment.
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