Ectopic pregnancy

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Ectopic pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy occurs where a fertilised egg implants outside the womb. It occurs in 14.8 in 1000 pregnancies in Ireland.

Early intervention plays a key role in treatment as this can be a life threatening event and is almost always incompatible with the delivery of a viable infant. Ectopic pregnancy remains the leading cause of maternal death in early pregnancy worldwide. 

Appropriate follow up care is crucial to allay the fears surrounding future fertility and provide the reassurance needed to potentially embark on a future pregnancy.

Our research in this area

  • Lived experience
  • Management
  • Prevalence rates
  • Outcomes
  • Workplace supports

Key publications

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Report Early pregnancy / Early pregnancy loss, Ectopic pregnancy,Experience, Fatal fetal anomaly, First-trimester miscarriage, Molar pregnancy / Gestational Trophoblastic Disease, Second-trimester miscarriage, Termination of pregnancy 2024

PLACES | Pregnancy Loss (under 24 weeks) in Workplaces: Informing policymakers on support mechanisms

A report submitted to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) in fulfilment of the requirements of the tender for the provision of a qualitative research study to examine the workplace experiences of people dealing with pregnancy loss. More details Read publication

Journal Article

Journal Article Miscarriage 2021

Assessing the concordance and accuracy between hospital discharge data, electronic health records, and register books for diagnosis of inpatient admissions of miscarriage: A retrospective linked data study

A very good level of agreement for diagnosis of hospitalisations of miscarriage was found among three hospital sources from January to June 2017 in Ireland. However, discrepancies were found when classifying the different types of miscarriage between the three data sources. More details Read publication

Journal Article

Journal Article Ectopic pregnancy 2018

Ectopic pregnancy hospitalisations: A national population-based study of rates, management and outcomes

This population-based study of over 12,000 hospitalisations found that the incidence rate of hospitalisations for ectopic pregnancy increased during 2005-2016; the overall incidence was 15.1/1000 deliveries. More details Read publication

Journal Article

Journal Article Ectopic pregnancy, Experience 2018

Irish women’s experience of Ectopic pregnancy

In this qualitative study, 7 women who experienced ectopic pregnancy were interviewed to gain insight into their experience. Key themes include treatment options, scans, bereavement counselling, outpatient care, reservations about future fertility and conception. More details Read publication

Our people

Pregnancy Loss Research Group

Pregnancy Loss Research Group, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University College Cork, Fifth Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork, T12 YE02, Ireland,