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’.