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How can you tell the difference between an ovarian cyst and ectopic pregnancy?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: A pregnancy test

The pain associated with an ovarian cyst can be indistinguishable from an ectopic (or tubal)pregnancy.
A negative pregnancy test however, effectively rules out an ectopic pregancy. If the pregancy test is positive, an ultrasound is needed to be certain that the developing baby is located inside the uterus and not in the fallopian tube (which connects the ovaries to the uterus).

In brief: A pregnancy test

The pain associated with an ovarian cyst can be indistinguishable from an ectopic (or tubal)pregnancy.
A negative pregnancy test however, effectively rules out an ectopic pregancy. If the pregancy test is positive, an ultrasound is needed to be certain that the developing baby is located inside the uterus and not in the fallopian tube (which connects the ovaries to the uterus).
Dr. Luke Hermann
Dr. Luke Hermann
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Dr. David Earle
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Pregnancy test

Ectopic pregnancy should yield a positive test, and a cyst should be negative.
If however there is an ongoing problem, see an ob/gyn doctor.

In brief: Pregnancy test

Ectopic pregnancy should yield a positive test, and a cyst should be negative.
If however there is an ongoing problem, see an ob/gyn doctor.
Dr. David Earle
Dr. David Earle
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Dr. Marianna Post
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: By ultrasound

By ultrasound and pregnancy test.

In brief: By ultrasound

By ultrasound and pregnancy test.
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Dr. Marianna Post
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