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Viewer Question:
What is the role of laparoscopy in treating ectopic pregnancy?

Doctor's Response:
If ectopic pregnancy is treated surgically instead of medically, laparscopy is the surgical procedure most often indicated.  In most cases, an incision is made in the tube, called a salpingostomy, and the tissue is not sewn shut.  This is because letting the tissue close itself can minimize the risk of further scarring, ie; in order to decrease the risk of future ectopic pregnancy due to scarring.  If the tube is severely damaged or a woman is medically unstable, other more extensive types of procedures may be performed.

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Medical Author: Carolyn Janet Crandall, M.D.
Medical Editor: William Shiel, MD, FACP, FACR

Last Editorial Review: 7/25/2002

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