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Diagnosing unruptured ectopic pregnancy.
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PMID:  7913054     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: A retrospective analysis of the management of ectopic pregnancy at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana, to assess the impact of the introduction of ultrasonography as a diagnostic tool. METHODS: All charts of patients with ectopic pregnancies from 1 January 1986 to 31 December 1990 were analyzed. The management of those patients who had transabdominal ultrasonography was compared with those who had not. RESULTS: The use of ultrasonography increased the number of unruptured ectopic pregnancies from 0.3% to 8.5% (P < 0.001). This also reflected a reduction in misdiagnoses, blood transfusions, and maternal deaths. CONCLUSIONS: The reasonable use of modern technology can be of great assistance even in developing countries, as shown by the positive impact of the use of ultrasonography to aid in the diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy in Ghana, West Africa.
S A Obed; J B Wilson; T E Elkins
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0020-7292     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Publication Date:  1994 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-08-11     Completed Date:  1994-08-11     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210174     Medline TA:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  21-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana.
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MeSH Terms
Developing Countries*
Diagnosis, Differential
Ghana / epidemiology
Pregnancy, Ectopic / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  ultrasonography*
Retrospective Studies
Ultrasonography, Prenatal*

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