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Interstitial pregnancy: a potential for misdiagnosis of ectopic pregnancy with emergency department ultrasonography.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12085080     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Interstitial pregnancy is a rare and dangerous form of ectopic pregnancy that can be mistaken for a normal intrauterine pregnancy on ultrasonography, leading to catastrophic results. Increasingly, emergency physicians are using ultrasonography to diagnose intrauterine pregnancy. Emergency physicians should be aware of the potential for mistaking an interstitial pregnancy for an intrauterine pregnancy. We present a case report of an interstitial pregnancy misdiagnosed as an intrauterine pregnancy and discuss ultrasonographic and physical examination findings to help differentiate interstitial pregnancy from an intrauterine pregnancy.
Christopher DeWitt; Jean Abbott
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of emergency medicine     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0196-0644     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Emerg Med     Publication Date:  2002 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-06-26     Completed Date:  2002-07-31     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8002646     Medline TA:  Ann Emerg Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  106-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Denver Health Medical Center Residency in Emergency Medicine, Denver, CO 80204, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Diagnostic Errors*
Emergency Medicine / methods*
Pregnancy, Ectopic / surgery,  ultrasonography*
Rupture, Spontaneous / ultrasonography
Ultrasonography, Prenatal / methods*
Comment In:
Ann Emerg Med. 2003 May;41(5):755-6   [PMID:  12744248 ]

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