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Does a CT scan show if there is an ectopic pregnancy?

Does a CT scan show if there is an ectopic pregnancy?

It's non-specific.: Ct findings are usually non-specific for ectopic pregnancies. Trans-vaginal ultrasound is generally the imaging modality of choice for ectopic pregnancy, along with a measurement of beta-hcg level to assist in diagnosis.

In addition, it should be noted that ct exposes a possibly non-ectopic fetus to ionizing radiation, so it is not ideal as a diagnostic tool. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Pess
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! The image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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Can a 2 month ectopic pregnancy show up on a CT scan?

Can a 2 month ectopic pregnancy show up on a CT scan?

Yes possibly: Yes it would possibly but not always be visible on imaging such as ct scan. Ultrasound is better but even then an ectopic may not always be visible. ...Read more

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Will an ultrasound scan show wether or not my pain is an ectopic pregnancy?

It should: Ultrasounds are quite good at localizing ectopic pregnancies, or at least documenting empty uteri. ...Read more

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My HCG was tested as 1328 2 days ago, 1358 today. The sac in the womb measured as 5.5 weeks as scan shows. So no ectopic pregnancy? Will I miscarry?

My HCG was tested as 1328 2 days ago, 1358 today. The sac in the womb measured as 5.5 weeks as scan shows. So no ectopic pregnancy? Will I miscarry?

Time will tell: Sounds like you had a threatened miscarriage? Your HCG is not rising appropriately. Depends on what you mean by sac if it is an ectopic or not. You will need to be closely followed. If you have pain or bleeding you will need to go to the ED. ...Read more

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Will a CT of the abdomen show a very early ectopic pregnancy?

Ultrasound is better: The best way to determine the presence of an ectopic pregnancy is:

1. A pelvic exam
2. Hcg levels that are rising abnormally
3. Ultrasound

ultrasound is a far superior way to detect an ectopic, especially when it is very early. If it were seen on ct scan, then it is much further along and extremely dangerous. ...Read more

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What are some signs of an ectopic pregnancy? 22yo, mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD 2 1/2 years. Lower r. Pain near hipbone and into groin area. Ct scan said not appendicit

What are some signs of an ectopic pregnancy? 22yo, mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD 2 1/2 years. Lower r. Pain near hipbone and into groin area. Ct scan said not appendicit

C MD: If you are concerned about a possible ectopic pregnancy then you need to be checked immediately. Did they not do a pregnancy test before the ct scan? Other things like cysts, endometriosis, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, hernias can all cause those symptoms but most are detectable on a ct or a pelvic ultrasound. A muscular strain or injury would not. Get it checked. ...Read more

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I got an ultrasound to rule out a ectopic pregnancy but Fallopian tubes don't even show up on ultrasounds so what's the point of an ultrasound?

See embryo position: Over 90% of ectopic pregnancy occurs in Fallopian tube. If pregnancy is in uterus, less than 1 in 10000 chance it is also in tube. So ultrasound done to confirm pregnancy in the right place. ...Read more

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Any easy way to tell if you have an ectopic pregnancy before your ultrasound scan?

Not easily: Most pregnancies within the fallopian tubes cause severe pain and are treated emergently. Pregnancies in abdominal cavity attached to outside of uterus or other structures are seen with ultrasound or other techniques (ct, mri). These generally require specialty OB care. ...Read more

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6w3d preg from LMP, report says gestational sac present, yolk sac absent, maybe psuedo sac? What does this mean? Scan 2mo for ectopic pregnancy.

Not sure: It means it is not a normal pregnancy. It sounds like they are not sure if it is a type of miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy. you will need close follow up to make sure. Any severe pain would go to the ER just in case ...Read more

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Is it possible to get pregnant on depo? Would it be able to show up on urine tests? Could Depo-Provera cause a ectopic pregnancy?

Is it possible to get pregnant on depo? Would it be able to show up on urine tests? Could Depo-Provera cause a ectopic pregnancy?

Depo: Depo-provera is one of the most the most effective birth-control options. A pregnancy is possible but exceedingly rare. A pregnancy test would be reliable. The results would not be affected by depo-provera. There is no link between depo-provera and tubal pregnancy. ...Read more

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How long would it take your gp doctor to organise a ultra sound scan for an ectopic pregnancy? Would an ectopic pregnancy be picked up in a test?

How long would it take your gp doctor to organise a ultra sound scan for an ectopic pregnancy? Would an ectopic pregnancy be picked up in a test?

Immediately: If there is a suspicion of an ectopic pregnancy, an ultrasound should be ordered immediately and done the same day. This is considered a medical emergency. ...Read more

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If I have an ectopic pregnancy would the pregnancy test show up as positive or negative?

If I have an ectopic pregnancy would the pregnancy test show up as positive or negative?

Sometimes both: It can be negative if there is not enough HCG present in an over the counter pregnancy test to measure, or it can be positive early on via a blood pregnancy test or later with the over the counter test. ...Read more

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Diagnose w/ectopic pregnancy at 6 weeks. Levels @ 6, 000 hcg. Why cant an ultrasound show an abnormality/sac in Fallopian tube at this stage?

Diagnose w/ectopic pregnancy at 6 weeks. Levels @ 6, 000 hcg. Why cant an ultrasound show an abnormality/sac in Fallopian tube at this stage?

-It'sWhat'sNotThere-: Because an ectopic can occur in lots of places other than just the fallopian tube. And the number of weeks and HCG levels, while helpful in general, don't always ad-up as hoped or expected. And because ultrasound may not be real sensitive at six weeks, and requires skill. I'm impressed that an ectopic is still in consideration. Most important is what's not seen at this point: anything in the uterus ...Read more

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IS a mass of 23×35Mm dangerous? I recently did a transvagina scan yesterday. The result reads a suspected ectopic pregnancy or hydrosalpinx..

IS a mass of 23×35Mm dangerous? I recently did a transvagina scan yesterday. The result reads a suspected ectopic pregnancy or hydrosalpinx..

Dangerous situation: Doctor will follow hormones and sono and if it is an ectopic, offer you medicine. A ruptured ectopic causes severe internal bleeding. ...Read more

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Why would hCG values rise (4221 at 6w4d to 7500 7w4d) if nothing shows on ultrasound in the uterus & there is no evidence of ectopic pregnancy?

Why would hCG values rise (4221 at 6w4d to 7500 7w4d) if nothing shows on ultrasound in the uterus & there is no evidence of ectopic pregnancy?

Very suspicious: Sorry to say but HCG around 7000 it's nearly impossible for an experienced sonographer to miss an intrauterine pregnancy. Sounds very suspicious for ectopic, you usually do not see them on sonogram. Follow up with you doctor asap. ...Read more

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What is an ectopic pregnancy? Are they serious please help?

What is an ectopic pregnancy? Are they serious please help?

It is serious: The fertilized egg fails to reach the uterus and develops in the uterine tubes, where it does not have space to grow. It is a serious condition as it will rupture and necessitate emergent surgery. ...Read more

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What is an ectopic pregnancy and are they serious?

Yes: Although I am not a gynecologist the question hasn't been answered so I thought I would help. Yes, ectopics are very dangerous and if you have one you need to be evaluated by an ob/gyn as soon as possible. A ruptured ectopic can be fatal. ...Read more

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My sister is 18 weeks pregnant and the doctor told that it is an ectopic pregnancy. The doctor advised to abort the baby but she wants to continue with it. Is it dangerous for her?

Yes possibly: An ectopic pregnancy is one outside the uterus. That can be quite dangerous for hte mother due to bleeding from the pregnancy inside the mother. However, most ectopics are in the 6-10 week range. An 18 week ectopic is very unusual, which makes me question the diagnosis. Get a second opinion, but if it is really outside the uterus, it can be life threatening. ...Read more

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How is an ectopic pregnancy detected?

Need a pelvic exam: At a minimum, if there is any suspicion of ectopic pregnancy, you need a pelvic exam, as well as a pregnancy test, to make the diagnosis. Usually, an ultrasound is done as well to confirm the diagnosis and find the exact location and size of the ectopic. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is an ectopic pregnancy?

Ectopic Pregnancy: A pregnancy which is developing outside of the uterus is an ectopic pregnancy. Most commonly it is in the fallopian tube. ...Read more

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What is an ectopic pregnancy?

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

Out of place pregnan: Ectopic literally means out of place in greek. It is the term used to describe reproductive accidents where the fertilized egg implants outside the endometrial cavity that is prepared to support it. The most common site is the fallopian tube (>90%), followed by more rare and catastrophic locations, including the ovary, cervix, abdominal cavity. Any of those types can prove life-threatening! ...Read more

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What is an ectopic pregnancy?

A pregnancy outside: An ectopic pregnancy is any pregnancy that occurs outside of the uterus, or womb. The most common location of an ectopic pregnancy is the fallopian tube, but it can also be located in the cervix, the ovary, or within the abdominal cavity. The most common symptoms are pelvic pain and abnormal bleeding. If it is detected early, it can sometimes be treated with medication instead of surgery. ...Read more

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What exactly is an ectopic pregnancy?

What exactly is an ectopic pregnancy?

Fetus outside uterus: When the fertilized egg implants anywhere but inside the womb, the pregnancy is called ectopic, from the greek word for out-of-place. This is a potentially life-threatening condition for the pregnant woman and is practically always non-viable for the fetus (although extremely rare abdominal pregnancies can produce a liveborn frequently at the expense of maternal life). Typically they are tubal. ...Read more

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Does having previous c-sections increase my chance of having an ectopic pregnancy?

No: Previous caesarean section doesn't predispose to ectopic pregnancy. However, it does increase the likelihood of subsequent c-section deliveries depending on where the initial uteran incision was made. Complications of c-sections include hemorrhage, infection, and thromboembolism, which would all have likely presented shortly after the procedure. ...Read more

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Can pain in c-section scar mean ectopic pregnancy?

Can pain in c-section scar mean ectopic pregnancy?

Hopefully not!: An ectopic pregnancy is suspected in the following setting:

1. A patient is pregnant
2. Hcg levels are rising abnormally
3. Pain is present on one side of the other
4. There is findings on ultrasound of a mass or cystic area near one of the ovaries

pain at the site of a prior c-section incision is not the typical site of pain related to an ectopic. If it is suspected, then the call your ob! ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Computed tomography (ct scan) or computed axial tomography (cat scan), is a medical imaging procedure that utilizes computer-processed x-rays to produce tomographic images or 'slices' of specific ...Read more