BBC News – Ectopic pregnancy ‘protein clue’

Women with ectopic pregnancies have a lower level of a particular protein and this could be used to create a simpler and more effective test, a study finds.

At present, finding out if a foetus is developing outside of the womb as occurs in these pregnancies requires ultrasounds and several blood tests.

Most cases are not spotted at a patient's first hospital visit.

But Edinburgh University scientists say the protein activin B could be key to early diagnosis and treatment.

Ectopic pregnancies put the mother at risk because of the possibility that the area where it is growing – usually the fallopian tube but sometimes the cervix or ovaries – can rupture, causing potentially fatal internal bleeding.

Read the full article here:  BBC News – Ectopic pregnancy ‘protein clue’.

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