Friday, May 30, 2008

Rare ectopic survivor

Usually when an ectopic pregnancy results in a live birth, it's because the embryo lodged somewhere in the abdomen. But in Australia, Durga Thangarajah was born at term after she had emplanted in her mother's ovary -- a situation that doctors say is unheard-of. Or was until now.

Like most of the other cases on record, doctors were surprised to find the baby outside the uterus when performing what they expected to be a routine c-section.

Again, ectopic pregnancies are dangerous, and any choice to try to allow them to resolve on their own (by miscarriage or possible live birth) needs to be done under a doctor's very close supervision.

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