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A 30-year-old female asked:

can a baby survive an ectopic pregnancy?

4 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Coleman
General Practice 25 years experience
Very rarely: Instead of implanting in the uterus the embryo has implanted in the fallopian tubes.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Not without killingU: The typical answer is: ectopic pregnancy fetuses cannot survive without killing or threatening the life of the mother. Extremely rare cases of abdominal pregnancy that reach fetal viability without killing the mother have been described more as exceptions that confirm the rule. If you have an ectopic pregnancy do not think about it twice: remove it before it kills you!
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Visualize this scene.A person has an ectopic pregnancy which must develop a large blood supply from surrounding tissue.Since the surroundings are not designed to support a pregnancy, the ectopic eventually grows too big & tears away from the tissues leading to massive internal bleeding.Unless recognized quickly & the bleeding stopped (emergency surgery), mom & baby are dead within minutes to hours
Dr. Roger Duvivier
Obstetrics and Gynecology 47 years experience
A rare abdominal one: Rare abdominal ectopic pregnancies have been very rarely reported to be viable. Those that implant in other locations like the tubes, the ovaries, the cervix or in Cesarian scars do not "survive".

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can a baby live through an ectopic pregnancy that the tube has already burst and the baby was pushed out?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Seth Derman
Fertility Medicine 33 years experience
No : Generally once the tube expels the sac or ruptures, the fetus will be deprived of its blood supply and expire quickly. More often than not, the there is no heartbeat even before this happens.
Goldsboro, NC
A 34-year-old female asked:

What are my chances of having another baby after an ectopic pregnancy?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Your OB Knows: To get a valid answer this question has to be addressed by the doctor who knows your exam and the status of the fallopian tubes.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can any doc explain if you always have to terminate the baby if ectopic pregnancy occurs?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carrie Champine
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Yes: An ectopic is a pregnancy outside of the uterus, in a tube or ovary. These structure cannot support a growting pregnancy and will eventually rupture and cause bleeding which can be life threatening.

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