Although there are changing trends in the management of ectopic pregnancy, methods of diagnosis and identification of patients at risk of rupture have remained constant.
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Management of tubal pregnancy. Greentop guideline. No 21, 2004. www.rcog.org.uk/files/rcog-corp/GTG21Tubal11022011.pdf
This describes the management guidelines followed by early pregnancy clinics and gynaecologists once the patient has been referred to hospital and lists the evidence it is based upon.
- Mascarenhas LJ. Ectopic pregnancy. In: Luesley D, Baker P, Drife J. Obstetrics and gynaecology; an evidence-based text for MRCOG. London: Hodder Arnold 2004.
These chapters summarise current knowledge and the most recent evidence base for diagnosis and management.
This topic is covered in the GP curriculum in statement 10.1 Women's Health
- The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. www.ectopic.org.uk
This is a charity website with forums for patients affected by ectopic pregnancy and information for patients and professionals.
- An ectopic pregnancy - Information for you. www.rcog.org.uk/files/rcog-corp/EctopicPregnancyPI0810.pdf
This is an excellent illustrated information booklet for patients which can be downloaded. It answers questions including prognosis and risk of recurrence.
Contributed by Dr Polly Weston, senior registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology at Southmead Hospital, Bristol