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Transvaginal ultrasonographic findings in surgically verified ectopic pregnancy.
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PMID:  8317523     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to evaluate transvaginal ultrasonographic findings in ectopic pregnancies for positive ultrasonographic sign(s). STUDY DESIGN: Eighty-nine patients admitted with an ectopic pregnancy from September 1987 through September 1989 were retrospectively reviewed. Sixty-nine had undergone transvaginal ultrasonography within 10 days before surgery. The ultrasonographic examinations were reviewed by four radiologists. RESULTS: Ultrasonography revealed adnexal masses in 54 patients (78%). Thirty-six masses had an appearance consistent with an adnexal ring. Twenty-four adnexal rings demonstrated a thin sonolucent area surrounding the ring, a "halo sign" (67%). A control group of 116 intrauterine pregnancies were evaluated by ultrasonography. Forty-one women had adnexal cysts. Twenty-seven of these had an adnexal ring; only two of these had halos. CONCLUSION: The halo sign is presumptive evidence of a living ectopic pregnancy and, when identified, may allow earlier diagnosis and intervention.
K A Burry; A S Thurmond; T D Suby-Long; P E Patton; P M Rose; M K Jones; J K Choffel; D W Nelson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  168     ISSN:  0002-9378     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol.     Publication Date:  1993 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-07-28     Completed Date:  1993-07-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370476     Medline TA:  Am J Obstet Gynecol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1796-800; discussion 1800-2     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland 97201-3098.
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MeSH Terms
Adnexa Uteri / ultrasonography
Pregnancy, Tubal / surgery*,  ultrasonography*
Retrospective Studies
Sensitivity and Specificity
Comment In:
Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1994 Apr;170(4):1205-6   [PMID:  8192804 ]

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