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Heterotopic pregnancy: two cases and a comparative review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17074353     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the incidence, diagnostic, and therapeutic management of heterotopic pregnancy by comparing a review for the 1971-1993 period with the one carried out in the present study (1994-2004). DESIGN: Review of the literature. SETTING: University teaching assisted reproductive technology (ART) center. PATIENT(S): Two case reports included in a comparative review of the literature on heterotopic pregnancy. INTERVENTION(S): Review of the published literature from January 1994 to December 2004 was performed by means of MEDLINE database. Medical subject heading words used were: heterotopic pregnancy, assisted reproductive technology, and ectopic pregnancy. A comparison with a previously reported review, including cases from 1971 to 1993. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Comparative study of the diagnosis and treatment of ectopic pregnancy. RESULT(S): During the 1971-1993 period the definitive diagnosis of heterotopic pregnancy was performed by laparoscopy or laparotomy in 59% of cases. This proportion increased to 74% from 1994 to 2004. Likewise, the percentage of cases in which an early diagnosis was possible (performed before the ninth week of pregnancy) did not vary in any of the time periods evaluated (71% vs. 74%). CONCLUSION(S): Despite the increased medical knowledge and use of improved reproductive technologies, heterotopic pregnancy still remains a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge to practitioners.
Gorka Barrenetxea; Lorea Barinaga-Rementeria; Arantza Lopez de Larruzea; Jon Ander Agirregoikoa; Miren Mandiola; Koldo Carbonero
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Meta-Analysis; Review     Date:  2006-10-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Fertility and sterility     Volume:  87     ISSN:  1556-5653     ISO Abbreviation:  Fertil. Steril.     Publication Date:  2007 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-02-05     Completed Date:  2007-02-28     Revised Date:  2007-09-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372772     Medline TA:  Fertil Steril     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  417.e9-15     Citation Subset:  IM    
Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility Quirón Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain. <>
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MeSH Terms
Laparoscopy / utilization*
Laparotomy / utilization*
Physician's Practice Patterns / statistics & numerical data*
Pregnancy, Ectopic / diagnosis*,  epidemiology,  therapy*
Reproductive Techniques, Assisted / utilization*
Comment In:
Fertil Steril. 2007 Sep;88(3):759-60; author reply 760   [PMID:  17681335 ]

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