Chapter 38. Ectopic Pregnancy

  1. Brian H. Rowe MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FCCP Professor Research Director
  1. Heather Murray MD, MSc, FRCP(C) Assistant Professor and
  2. Elisha David Targonsky BSc, MSc Departmental Assistant

Published Online: 27 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch38

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Murray, H. and Targonsky, E. D. (2008) Ectopic Pregnancy, in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine (ed B. H. Rowe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch38

Editor Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Author Information

  1. Departments of Emergency Medicine and Community Health and Epidemiology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161435

Online ISBN: 9781444303674



  • ectopic pregnancy;
  • risk factors associated with ectopic pregnancy;
  • predictive value of physical findings in diagnosing ectopic pregnancy;
  • sensitivity and specificity of serum β-hCG values in detecting ectopic pregnancy;
  • transvaginal ultrasonography (TVUS) and intrauterine or ectopic pregnancy 5 weeks gestational age visualization;
  • ultrasound tool for assessment of women in early stages of pregnancy;
  • Emergency department targeted ultrasound (EDTU);
  • possible ectopic pregnancy and EDTU (test) influencing clinical outcomes;
  • ED ultrasound probe for evaluating patient's pregnancy status


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Clinical scenario

  • Background

  • Clinical questions

  • General search strategy

  • Critical appraisal of the literature

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgement

  • References