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How can you tell the difference between normal pregnancy symptoms and ectopic pregnancies/miscarriage? cramping is normal in all these how do you know

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In brief: Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy may be suspected if a woman has abdominal pain with peritoneal (surgical) signs indicating a surgical consultation is immediately needed, especially if she is hemodynamically unstable.
If a woman has milder pain, +HCG >1500, transvaginal ultrasound is very useful but not 100%. If fetal heart tones seen and gestational sac seen with +HCG can rule out, if not seen serial HCGs/ D&C.

In brief: Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy may be suspected if a woman has abdominal pain with peritoneal (surgical) signs indicating a surgical consultation is immediately needed, especially if she is hemodynamically unstable.
If a woman has milder pain, +HCG >1500, transvaginal ultrasound is very useful but not 100%. If fetal heart tones seen and gestational sac seen with +HCG can rule out, if not seen serial HCGs/ D&C.
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Here is a link to help you understand how a workup is performed: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1101/p1707.html
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