A positive pregnancy test is a joyous occasion, but is the pregnancy normal? How do we know that things are ok? This is a common question patients have once the news has sunk in. The best way to follow an early pregnancy in via blood levels of the pregnancy hormone HCG. A gestational sac is not visible until about 5 weeks gestation or when the HCG is over 1500 miu/ml.
An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy which occurs where it should not. The most common location is within the fallopian tube, but ectopic pregnancies have been reported on the ovary, on the bowel, and even on the aorta! Unfortunately, an ectopic pregnancy cannot be replaced into the correct location (the uterus), and thus it must be treated appropriately to avoid potentially serious harm to the patient.