Transabdominal and transvaginal ultrasonographic diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy: Clinical implications

Mario Valenzano, Paola Anserini, Valentino Remorgida, Antonella Brasca, Anna Centonze, Sergio Costantini

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Thirty-five patients attending an emergency room with a positive pregnancy test and suspected ectopic pregnancy underwent an ultrasonographic examination with both the transabdominal and the transvaginal techniques. Twenty-four out of 26 ectopic pregnancies were correctly diagnosed on admission, combining results of the two techniques, the sensitivity of the two techniques used separately being 88.4% (transvaginal) and 76.9% (transabdominal). In our unselected symptomatic patients, the transvaginal technique showed to be advantageous but not essential in the management of ectopic pregnancy. The surgical outcome of these patients suggested that a prompt diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy did not warrant a conservative treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-11
Number of pages4
JournalGynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1991


  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Transvaginal transducers
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine

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