Ectopic Pregnancy Malpractice : Is Your Doctor Liable?
A positive pregnancy test is cause for celebration because it means the welcoming of a life into the world in a few short months. Pregnancy is a time fraught with anxiety, body changes, excitement, bizarre cravings and hormonal changes for women who are fortunate to be expecting the birth of their loved one. That being said, prenatal visits are key because they can help pinpoint any complications and resolve them before they turn into tragic events such as an ectopic pregnancy.
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It’s estimated that ectopic pregnancies make up 2 percent of all pregnancies, and they are the primary cause of maternal deaths especially in the first trimester. Once an egg is fertilized by sperm shortly after intercourse, it travels down a tube known as the fallopian tube, after which it attaches to the uterine wall and starts to develop into an embryo. Should it fail to attach to the uterus, an ectopic pregnancy occurs, and can lead to a health emergency as well as the death of both the mother and the unborn child.
Some of the signs and symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy include:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Fainting or lightheadedness
- Having a pregnancy test read positive but having a negative outcome with ultrasound
- Shoulder pain due to nerve irritation as a result of leaking blood from perforated fallopian tubes
HCG Levels May Signal Ectopic Pregnancy
Some women may be at risk for an ectopic pregnancy perhaps due to a family history or a prior difficult pregnancy, or those who are smokers or individuals who had a sexually transmitted infection. Doctors, armed with information, are therefore required to test Hcg levels, which is a hormone produced during pregnancy in order to chart the rise of said hormone. A normal, uneventful pregnancy will see these levels rise at a consistent rate. However, a slow rise is attributed to a possible ectopic pregnancy.
Can Doctors Miss an Ectopic Pregnancy? The Consequences
If an ectopic pregnancy is suspected, doctors may choose to remove the egg by cutting through the mother’s belly button to reach it, or they may provide her with egg-dissolving drugs. In case the ectopic pregnancy is discovered too late causing the fallopian tube to rupture, surgery to remove the fallopian tube partly or wholly may be required.
Ectopic Pregnancy Malpractice Cases – Do I Have a Case?
Lawsuits for ectopic pregnancy usually follow the standard of care principle. That is to say: under the same circumstances, what would another doctor have done, reasonably, to prevent the ectopic pregnancy, or terminate it? If it is found that your doctor failed to follow this standard of care, you may be able to sue for compensation.
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