Approach To Possible Ectopic Pregnancy Definitions

Ectopic pregnancy: Gestation that exists outside of the normal endometrial implantation sites.

Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG): Glycoprotein produced by syn-cytiotrophoblasts, which is assayed in the standard pregnancy test.

Threshold hCG level: Serum level of hCG at which a pregnancy should be seen on ultrasound examination. When the hCG level exceeds the threshold and no pregnancy is seen on ultrasound, there is a high likelihood of an ectopic pregnancy.

Laparoscopv: Surgical technique for visualizing the peritoneal cavity through a rigid telescopic instrument, known as a laparoscope.

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