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Ectopic Pregnancy and Medical Malpractice in New York

Jan 11, 2017 | Medical Malpractice

The March of Dimes reports that roughly 1 in every 50 pregnancies in the United States is an ectopic pregnancy. About 1 to 2% of pregnancies are ectopic. Most of these pregnancies affect women who have been pregnant more than one time.

Only 10 to 15% of ectopic pregnancies take place in first time pregnancies. When it comes to pregnancy-related deaths in the first trimester, the most common cause is ectopic pregnancy. This type of pregnancy accounts for roughly 10% of all deaths related to pregnancy.

An ectopic pregnancy happens when a woman’s fertilized egg remains in the fallopian tube. If there is a blockage or damage in the tube, the egg is not propelled towards the womb, resulting in it becoming implanted in the tube and continuing to develop there.

This usually happens during the first few weeks of a pregnancy and is usually discovered by doctors by the eighth week. The implanted egg is unable to survive in the tube and as an ectopic pregnancy develops, it starts to push away the body’s vital organs. This can lead to damage, pain and other complications when there is a rupture in the area around the implanted egg. Immediate treatment is required for ectopic pregnancies.

Symptoms of Ectopic Pregnancy

You should seek immediate emergency medical help in New York if you experience any of the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy, including:

  • Fainting or extreme lightheadedness
  • Severe pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Shoulder pain
  • Mild cramping on one side of the pelvis
  • Low back pain
  • No periods

Complications of Ectopic Pregnancy

If left untreated, an ectopic pregnancy can lead to some serious health complications. It is recommended that you get immediate treatment from a New York City doctor as early treatment may help in preventing fertility problems and future health complications. For women in early pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy is one of the most dangerous risks they could face. Complications include:

  • A rupture occurs in the area around the ectopic pregnancy, causing excessive bleeding that could be fatal
  • Infertility caused by damage to the fallopian tube
  • Higher risk of having ectopic pregnancies in the future
  • Requirement for surgery
  • Emotional impact of bereavement and grief

The most serious complication which is a ruptured fallopian tube leads to severe bleeding and abdominal pain. This can result in permanent damage to the tube. The patient may also lose the tube. Additionally, if a ruptured tube with excessive bleeding is not treated promptly and properly, it can lead to death.

Get Expert Legal Help in New York City

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious complication due to improper treatment of an ectopic pregnancy, you should immediately contact the hard charging and sagacious medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280. We know how to win cases!

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