Expectant management of suspected ectopic pregnancies even with rising β-subunit human chorionic gonadotropin levels - A clinical prospective study

S. Lurie, Z. Katz, R. Goldshmit, Z. Gotlibe, V. Insler

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Abstract

A prospective study was undertaken to evaluate possibility of expectant management of ectopic pregnancy in a selected group of patients with few symptoms, no gestational sac on sonography, and rising but low βhCG levels. Using the above mentioned criteria, 26 patients were enrolled during prospective study period of 24 month. Five patients (19.2%) had a ruptured tubal pregnancy during the period of observation. Ten patients (38.5%) underwent laparoscopy with subsequent surgery for tubal pregnancy. The indication for laparoscopy in all 10 cases was abdominal pain. In all these 10 patients the pregnancy was unruptured. The remaining 11 patients (42.3%) escaped surgical intervention. Three had intrauterine pregnancies. In the remaining 8 patients the diagnosis remained presumed ectopic. The mean interval from admission to βhCG level of <5 mIU/ml in these 8 patients was 19.2 ± 8.4 days. They were inpatients until the βhCG level begun to decline. Thereafter, the patients were observed as outpatients. We conclude that in carefully selected cases of suspected ectopic pregnancies with rising but low βhCG levels, expectant management is appropriate as long as the patient remains relatively asymptomatic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-129
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Volume255
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1994
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Expectant management

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