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Claiming for ectopic pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is traumatic for any mother and the experience can be harrowing. Most women going through this tragedy receive an excellent level of care from the NHS and the treatment they need to ensure their health. However, there are cases where women suffering an ectopic pregnancy are let down by those responsible for their care, making the experience more distressing and placing those affected at risk.

An ectopic pregnancy can’t be saved but it can be life-threatening for the mother if treatment isn’t delivered. Where medical negligence has led to undue suffering, in particular, avoidable damage to fertility, Your Legal Friend is here to offer support. We can help you understand why you were let down by those that should have been providing you with an excellent standard of care. We know that financial compensation can’t undo the damage that has been caused but it can help you take a step forward.

An ectopic pregnancy can have serious consequences and impact upon the woman’s future fertility if it is not diagnosed and treated promptly.

When symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy are presented... a doctor can be negligent in a number of ways, such as:

If a doctor does diagnose an ectopic pregnancy:

  • Treatment can still be delayed
  • After a routine scan fails to find the foetus in the womb, no further tests are carried out.

An ectopic pregnancy must be promptly diagnosed to prevent serious complications, which could affect long term health, fertility or even cause a fatal injury.

A doctor, specialist or other clinicians involved in your diagnosis owe you ‘a duty of care’ to interpret the symptoms correctly and ensure that you get the right treatment.

If at any stage a mistake is made in diagnosis, the wrong course of treatment administered or the standard of care fell below what is appropriate, then you may have a  medical negligence case.

The highest degree of sensitivity and understanding 

If a patient feels that they have been let down by a health professional, it can be difficult for them to place their trust in a legal professional.  We at Your Legal Friend recognise that Clinical negligence cases can be emotional and therefore need a degree of sensitivity and understanding from specialist lawyers throughout the legal process.

Reaching a decision to make a civil claim for clinical negligence is never easy. Our team of both male and female lawyers can offer understanding and expert guidance to help you succeed in making your case.

Your Legal Friend has many years of experience in resolving clinical negligence cases.  Our specialist knowledge of both legal and medical issues together with a sensitive awareness of how everyone involved is affected means we can help you:

  • Find out what went wrong with a diagnosis, treatment or procedure.
  • Obtain financial compensation for the injury or harm caused.

Did you know

  • Between 1-2% of pregnancies are ectopic.     ("Diagnosing ectopic pregnancy” Research Survey, 2014).  
  • Ectopic pregnancy can occur in any sexually active woman of reproductive age.
  • Rates of ectopic pregnancy are higher in women who: 
    • are older
    • have previously had multiple pregnancies
    • are non-white        
  • A woman who has suffered from one ectopic pregnancy increases the possibility of suffering from a further ectopic pregnancy.
  • 65 per cent of women will become pregnant within 18 months following an ectopic pregnancy.
  • 85 per cent will become pregnant after two years following an ectopic pregnancy.
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Our medical negligence team has years of experience working on a wide variety of medical malpractice cases so we understand just how difficult a decision it can be to bring a medical negligence case.

Our ectopic pregnancy expert team. We deal with medical negligence claims arising from ectopic pregnancy.

That’s why we are committed to guiding you through every step of the process. We ensure that your claim is handled carefully and professionally by our specialist solicitors, while working alongside medical experts, to guarantee the best results for you.

Our medical negligence team is headed by Laura Morgan who has a wealth of experience in leading complicated, high-value medical negligence cases.

Laura is recognised within the legal profession as a leader in the field of medical negligence and serious injury compensation.  Laura has acted in a wide range of cases over her 17 years of practice and has particular expertise in acting for children who have suffered brain injury due to mismanaged birth or surgical errors, and in managing claims that have resulted in the death of a loved one. Laura has achieved a number of large settlements including £5.4 million for a 7 year old and £4 million for an 11 year old child.

Laura’s expertise and dedication to her clients is recognised in the Chambers guide to the Legal Profession in which she was praised for the efficiency of her approach to case handling and described as “tenacious and detail-oriented”.

Laura has been a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel since 2005 and accredited as a Senior Litigator in the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) since 2006.  Laura is also a member of the specialist lawyers panel for Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the UK’s leading charity committed to patient safety and justice.

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Your questions... answered

Can I claim for an ectopic pregnancy?

Most cases of ectopic pregnancies can’t be avoided, but the impact on your future will vary depending upon how quickly you are treated.       

You’ll need to prove that your condition is worse as a result of medical negligence in order to be successful. Examples of medical negligence occurring would include:

  • Visiting your GP or hospital with the signs of an ectopic pregnancy but being misdiagnosed
  • A failure to order the necessary tests for an accurate diagnosis
  • Healthcare professionals inaccurately interpreting your test results
  • The wrong treatment being chosen for your personal case
  • A poor level of care during your treatment leading to further complications
  • A failure to monitor your condition when necessary

If you’re unsure if you could make a claim following a delay in diagnosing or treating an ectopic pregnancy, Your Legal Friend is here to help you. Our team has extensive experience in representing those affected by medical negligence and can help you understand if your claim could be successful.

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How much compensation will I get?

Medical compensation claims are based on the amount you have suffered as a result of negligence. For this reason, it’s not possible to say how much compensation you could receive if successful without first understanding your experiences.

When you instruct Your Legal Friend, we’ll take a wide range of areas into consideration when placing a value on your case. From how it’s impacted your health and wellbeing in the long-term to the immediate pain you suffered and whether surgery was avoidable.

While we can’t say how much your individual case is worth, medical negligence cases against the NHS total millions every year, with those severely affected receiving significant sums. Our friendly experienced ectopic pregnancy solicitors are on hand to offer you advice and support throughout, including explaining the value of your personal case.

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How long do I have to make a claim?

If you’ve been affected by medical negligence when you were suffering an ectopic pregnancy, you must start your case in Court within three years.

This time limit applies to all medical claims and after the three-year point has passed you won’t be able to make a claim. In many cases, it’s simple to understand when your timeframe starts but in others, it can be more complex. Referred to as the ‘date of knowledge’, the starting point is when you first realised that your care did not meet expected standards. 

Usually, this will be the date on which your ectopic pregnancy was diagnosed.  If you’re confused about how long you have to take a case forward, the Your Legal Friend team can help. We’ll work with you to understand your diagnosis and when the time to bring your claim will run out. Despite having three years, we advise our medical negligence clients to start the process sooner. We have to obtain a lot of evidence including medical records, report and witness statements to support your claim and give it the best possible chance of success and this is a task that’s often easier to accomplish the sooner we start.

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What is an ectopic pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb, most commonly in one of the fallopian tubes that connects the ovaries to the womb. The term ectopic means “misplaced” and refers to a pregnancy that occurs outside of the womb.

The most common place for an ectopic pregnancy to occur outside of the womb is within the fallopian tubes (although it can occur elsewhere in the body), which means the baby cannot be saved.

If the egg gets stuck in this area, it won’t be able to develop into a baby and without treatment; it can cause serious harm to the mother if the pregnancy continues. It’s not possible to save the pregnancy when it’s ectopic but it’s vital that treatment is sought.

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What causes an ectopic pregnancy?

It’s not always possible to determine what causes an ectopic pregnancy and as a result, they can’t always be prevented. Sometimes ectopic pregnancies are associated with a problem with the fallopian tubes, such as something blocking them or them being narrow, preventing the egg from reaching the womb.

There are some factors that can increase the risk of an ectopic pregnancy occurring, including:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease– Inflammation of the reproductive system can increase the chances of an ectopic pregnancy. There are multiple ways inflammation can occur, it’s often linked to a sexually transmitted infection.
  • Previous ectopic pregnancy – If you’ve already experienced one ectopic pregnancy, the chances of having another is around 10%.
  • Surgery on your fallopian tubes – Previous surgery that has been performed on your fallopian tubes, such as an unsuccessful sterilisation procedure, can also increase the risk.
  • Falling pregnant while using an IUD or IUS– It’s rare for a woman using either an intrauterine device (IUD) or intrauterine system (IUS) as contraception to become pregnant. However, there are some cases of this happening and if this occurs you’re more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Smoking
  • Age– Women that become pregnant at an older age are also more likely to suffer an ectopic pregnancy. Those aged between 35 and 40 are most at risk

Tests to detect pregnancy as early as 7-8 days after fertilisation should have been carried out by your doctor. Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy are most likely to show between the fifth and tenth weeks of pregnancy and a doctor should be reasonably expected to have made a diagnosis during this time frame.

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What are the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy?

During the early stages of pregnancy, you may not experience any symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy at all. In some cases, women don’t realise their pregnancy is ectopic until they attend their first scan.

Where symptoms are present, they are likely to develop between the fourth and twelfth week of the pregnancy. Common ectopic pregnancy signs include:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain that is on one side
  • Pain in the tip of your shoulder
  • Discomfort when using the toilet

Most cases of ectopic pregnancy are spotted and treatment delivered before the symptoms become worse. However, there are some patients who aren’t diagnosed until their ectopic pregnancy has grown large enough that is causes a rupture in the fallopian tube. Surgery is needed if this has happened as complications and worsening health are likely to develop without treatment.

  • Signs of a rupture caused by an ectopic pregnancy include:
  • A sharp, sudden, and intense pain in your tummy
  • Feeling dizzy or fainting
  • Nausea
  • Looking very pale
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When should you seek medical advice following ectopic pregnancy symptoms?

If you suspect that you have an ectopic pregnancy and are experiencing some of the symptoms, you should contact your GP. It’s important to act immediately, allowing your GP to refer you if necessary and a diagnosis to be confirmed.

If a doctor fails to correctly diagnose or arrange further tests, the fertilised egg will continue to grow outside of the womb. Complications can follow and eventually lead to the rupture of the fallopian tube resulting in heavy, and potentially fatal, internal bleeding.

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Is an ectopic pregnancy considered an emergency?

A ruptured fallopian tube due to an ectopic pregnancy should be considered a medical emergency. Experiencing a combination of any of the signs of a rupture should mean you call for an ambulance or go to A&E. If left untreated a rupture can be life-threatening, although this is rare in the UK.

How is an ectopic pregnancy treated?

Unfortunately, the baby cannot be saved if there’s an ectopic pregnancy, treatment focuses on the health of the mother and ensuring the pregnancy is removed before it grows too large. There are several different treatment options available for an ectopic pregnancy. Which one is offered will depend on a range of factors, including the size of the pregnancy, and the advantages and risks should both be discussed with you beforehand.

Treatment for an ectopic pregnancy includes:

  • Expectant management

If the pregnancy is small or can’t be found and your symptoms are mild, doctors may choose to monitor your condition. Sometimes, the pregnancy will dissolve by itself and this treatment option eliminates potential side effects. Instead, you will have regular blood tests and told what to do if any symptoms develop.

  • Medication

During the early stages of an ectopic pregnancy, treatment can be administered through medication. Given through an injection, it prevents the pregnancy from growing. Regular blood tests will be conducted afterwards to assess how the treatment is working and whether any other steps need to be taken. There is a chance of your fallopian tubes rupturing after treatment, as well as other mild side effects.

  • Surgery

If the pregnancy has grown too large for medication, it can usually be treated with keyhole surgery. Surgery will involve removing the entire fallopian tube but it isn’t thought to reduce your chances of becoming pregnant again. If the fallopian tube has already ruptured, emergency treatment will be needed.

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What happens if an ectopic pregnancy isn't treated?

An untreated ectopic pregnancy can cause serious harm to the mother. As the fertilised egg grows in the fallopian tube, it can cause it to rupture. This not only causes a significant amount of pain, it can potentially be life-threatening.

Can I become pregnant again following an ectopic pregnancy?

Most women that have had an ectopic pregnancy are able to conceive following treatment. Overall, 65% of women achieve a successful pregnancy within 18 months of an ectopic pregnancy, although occasionally IVF or other fertility treatment may be needed.

Following an ectopic pregnancy, there is an increased risk that you’ll have another but it is still small at around 10%. If you do become pregnant again the NHS advises visiting your GP as soon as possible so an early scan can be arranged.

When is an ectopic pregnancy medical negligence?

In most cases, an ectopic pregnancy isn’t possible to prevent and most medical negligence cases in this area focus on the level of care a patient has received. You should be able to expect that your doctors will take the necessary steps to diagnose you and provide an excellent level of treatment. This is what occurs the majority of the time in the UK but there are a few women who are let down by those responsible for her care.

Medical negligence may occur if:

  • Necessary tests aren’t ordered despite the signs of an ectopic pregnancy
  • Test results are read inaccurately leading to misdiagnosis
  • Mistakes being made during surgery
  • Aftercare following treatment not meeting acceptable standards

Cases of medical negligence occurring during the care of a woman suffering from an ectopic pregnancy have also made the news. Among them are:

  • A woman suffering from an ectopic pregnancy and securing compensation after a hospital blunder meant she was not treated for a sexually transmitted disease.
  • A pregnant mother dying after doctors twice misdiagnosed her ectopic pregnancy as a stomach bug.
  • A woman received a £8 million payout following an ectopic pregnancy surgery were mistakes were made, leaving here with permanent, severe brain damage.

You may have grounds for a claiming clinical negligence if you experienced any of the following while undergoing assessment, diagnosis, treatment or care during your ectopic pregnancy:

  • Concerns dismissed over suspected pregnancy.
  • Failure to correctly diagnose symptoms of ectopic pregnancy.
  • Incorrectly diagnosing for another cause of symptoms.
  • Delay in treatment – potentially affecting future fertility.
  • Failure to prescribe the drug methotrexate early enough to prevent the egg from developing in the fallopian tube.
  • Delay and failure in carrying out adequate blood tests, including pregnancy hormone tests and scans.
  • Failure in reviewing the medical history of the mother and family.
  • Failing to treat problems, such as retained fluid and infection, post-surgery.
  • Surgical error - the wrong fallopian tube is removed or both fallopian tubes are removed.
  • Failure to remove pregnancy or is incomplete.
  • Failure to adequately monitor recovery, post-treatment.
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What are the statistics on ectopic pregnancies?

In the UK, around one in every 80-90 pregnancies is ectopic, according to the NHS. Overall, this accounts for around 12,000 pregnancies each year. Complications arising from an ectopic pregnancy are very rare but occasionally happen.

Most cases of ectopic pregnancies can’t be avoided, but the impact on your future will vary depending upon how quickly you are treated.       

You’ll need to prove that your condition is worse as a result of medical negligence in order to be successful. Examples of medical negligence occurring would include:

  • Visiting your GP or hospital with the signs of an ectopic pregnancy but being misdiagnosed
  • A failure to order the necessary tests for an accurate diagnosis
  • Healthcare professionals inaccurately interpreting your test results
  • The wrong treatment being chosen for your personal case
  • A poor level of care during your treatment leading to further complications
  • A failure to monitor your condition when necessary

If you’re unsure if you could make a claim following a delay in diagnosing or treating an ectopic pregnancy, Your Legal Friend is here to help you. Our team has extensive experience in representing those affected by medical negligence and can help you understand if your claim could be successful.

Read less

Medical compensation claims are based on the amount you have suffered as a result of negligence. For this reason, it’s not possible to say how much compensation you could receive if successful without first understanding your experiences.

When you instruct Your Legal Friend, we’ll take a wide range of areas into consideration when placing a value on your case. From how it’s impacted your health and wellbeing in the long-term to the immediate pain you suffered and whether surgery was avoidable.

While we can’t say how much your individual case is worth, medical negligence cases against the NHS total millions every year, with those severely affected receiving significant sums. Our friendly experienced ectopic pregnancy solicitors are on hand to offer you advice and support throughout, including explaining the value of your personal case.

Read less

If you’ve been affected by medical negligence when you were suffering an ectopic pregnancy, you must start your case in Court within three years.

This time limit applies to all medical claims and after the three-year point has passed you won’t be able to make a claim. In many cases, it’s simple to understand when your timeframe starts but in others, it can be more complex. Referred to as the ‘date of knowledge’, the starting point is when you first realised that your care did not meet expected standards. 

Usually, this will be the date on which your ectopic pregnancy was diagnosed.  If you’re confused about how long you have to take a case forward, the Your Legal Friend team can help. We’ll work with you to understand your diagnosis and when the time to bring your claim will run out. Despite having three years, we advise our medical negligence clients to start the process sooner. We have to obtain a lot of evidence including medical records, report and witness statements to support your claim and give it the best possible chance of success and this is a task that’s often easier to accomplish the sooner we start.

Read less

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb, most commonly in one of the fallopian tubes that connects the ovaries to the womb. The term ectopic means “misplaced” and refers to a pregnancy that occurs outside of the womb.

The most common place for an ectopic pregnancy to occur outside of the womb is within the fallopian tubes (although it can occur elsewhere in the body), which means the baby cannot be saved.

If the egg gets stuck in this area, it won’t be able to develop into a baby and without treatment; it can cause serious harm to the mother if the pregnancy continues. It’s not possible to save the pregnancy when it’s ectopic but it’s vital that treatment is sought.

Read less

It’s not always possible to determine what causes an ectopic pregnancy and as a result, they can’t always be prevented. Sometimes ectopic pregnancies are associated with a problem with the fallopian tubes, such as something blocking them or them being narrow, preventing the egg from reaching the womb.

There are some factors that can increase the risk of an ectopic pregnancy occurring, including:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease– Inflammation of the reproductive system can increase the chances of an ectopic pregnancy. There are multiple ways inflammation can occur, it’s often linked to a sexually transmitted infection.
  • Previous ectopic pregnancy – If you’ve already experienced one ectopic pregnancy, the chances of having another is around 10%.
  • Surgery on your fallopian tubes – Previous surgery that has been performed on your fallopian tubes, such as an unsuccessful sterilisation procedure, can also increase the risk.
  • Falling pregnant while using an IUD or IUS– It’s rare for a woman using either an intrauterine device (IUD) or intrauterine system (IUS) as contraception to become pregnant. However, there are some cases of this happening and if this occurs you’re more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Smoking
  • Age– Women that become pregnant at an older age are also more likely to suffer an ectopic pregnancy. Those aged between 35 and 40 are most at risk

Tests to detect pregnancy as early as 7-8 days after fertilisation should have been carried out by your doctor. Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy are most likely to show between the fifth and tenth weeks of pregnancy and a doctor should be reasonably expected to have made a diagnosis during this time frame.

Read less

During the early stages of pregnancy, you may not experience any symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy at all. In some cases, women don’t realise their pregnancy is ectopic until they attend their first scan.

Where symptoms are present, they are likely to develop between the fourth and twelfth week of the pregnancy. Common ectopic pregnancy signs include:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain that is on one side
  • Pain in the tip of your shoulder
  • Discomfort when using the toilet

Most cases of ectopic pregnancy are spotted and treatment delivered before the symptoms become worse. However, there are some patients who aren’t diagnosed until their ectopic pregnancy has grown large enough that is causes a rupture in the fallopian tube. Surgery is needed if this has happened as complications and worsening health are likely to develop without treatment.

  • Signs of a rupture caused by an ectopic pregnancy include:
  • A sharp, sudden, and intense pain in your tummy
  • Feeling dizzy or fainting
  • Nausea
  • Looking very pale
Read less

If you suspect that you have an ectopic pregnancy and are experiencing some of the symptoms, you should contact your GP. It’s important to act immediately, allowing your GP to refer you if necessary and a diagnosis to be confirmed.

If a doctor fails to correctly diagnose or arrange further tests, the fertilised egg will continue to grow outside of the womb. Complications can follow and eventually lead to the rupture of the fallopian tube resulting in heavy, and potentially fatal, internal bleeding.

Read less

A ruptured fallopian tube due to an ectopic pregnancy should be considered a medical emergency. Experiencing a combination of any of the signs of a rupture should mean you call for an ambulance or go to A&E. If left untreated a rupture can be life-threatening, although this is rare in the UK.

Unfortunately, the baby cannot be saved if there’s an ectopic pregnancy, treatment focuses on the health of the mother and ensuring the pregnancy is removed before it grows too large. There are several different treatment options available for an ectopic pregnancy. Which one is offered will depend on a range of factors, including the size of the pregnancy, and the advantages and risks should both be discussed with you beforehand.

Treatment for an ectopic pregnancy includes:

  • Expectant management

If the pregnancy is small or can’t be found and your symptoms are mild, doctors may choose to monitor your condition. Sometimes, the pregnancy will dissolve by itself and this treatment option eliminates potential side effects. Instead, you will have regular blood tests and told what to do if any symptoms develop.

  • Medication

During the early stages of an ectopic pregnancy, treatment can be administered through medication. Given through an injection, it prevents the pregnancy from growing. Regular blood tests will be conducted afterwards to assess how the treatment is working and whether any other steps need to be taken. There is a chance of your fallopian tubes rupturing after treatment, as well as other mild side effects.

  • Surgery

If the pregnancy has grown too large for medication, it can usually be treated with keyhole surgery. Surgery will involve removing the entire fallopian tube but it isn’t thought to reduce your chances of becoming pregnant again. If the fallopian tube has already ruptured, emergency treatment will be needed.

Read less

An untreated ectopic pregnancy can cause serious harm to the mother. As the fertilised egg grows in the fallopian tube, it can cause it to rupture. This not only causes a significant amount of pain, it can potentially be life-threatening.

Most women that have had an ectopic pregnancy are able to conceive following treatment. Overall, 65% of women achieve a successful pregnancy within 18 months of an ectopic pregnancy, although occasionally IVF or other fertility treatment may be needed.

Following an ectopic pregnancy, there is an increased risk that you’ll have another but it is still small at around 10%. If you do become pregnant again the NHS advises visiting your GP as soon as possible so an early scan can be arranged.

In most cases, an ectopic pregnancy isn’t possible to prevent and most medical negligence cases in this area focus on the level of care a patient has received. You should be able to expect that your doctors will take the necessary steps to diagnose you and provide an excellent level of treatment. This is what occurs the majority of the time in the UK but there are a few women who are let down by those responsible for her care.

Medical negligence may occur if:

  • Necessary tests aren’t ordered despite the signs of an ectopic pregnancy
  • Test results are read inaccurately leading to misdiagnosis
  • Mistakes being made during surgery
  • Aftercare following treatment not meeting acceptable standards

Cases of medical negligence occurring during the care of a woman suffering from an ectopic pregnancy have also made the news. Among them are:

  • A woman suffering from an ectopic pregnancy and securing compensation after a hospital blunder meant she was not treated for a sexually transmitted disease.
  • A pregnant mother dying after doctors twice misdiagnosed her ectopic pregnancy as a stomach bug.
  • A woman received a £8 million payout following an ectopic pregnancy surgery were mistakes were made, leaving here with permanent, severe brain damage.

You may have grounds for a claiming clinical negligence if you experienced any of the following while undergoing assessment, diagnosis, treatment or care during your ectopic pregnancy:

  • Concerns dismissed over suspected pregnancy.
  • Failure to correctly diagnose symptoms of ectopic pregnancy.
  • Incorrectly diagnosing for another cause of symptoms.
  • Delay in treatment – potentially affecting future fertility.
  • Failure to prescribe the drug methotrexate early enough to prevent the egg from developing in the fallopian tube.
  • Delay and failure in carrying out adequate blood tests, including pregnancy hormone tests and scans.
  • Failure in reviewing the medical history of the mother and family.
  • Failing to treat problems, such as retained fluid and infection, post-surgery.
  • Surgical error - the wrong fallopian tube is removed or both fallopian tubes are removed.
  • Failure to remove pregnancy or is incomplete.
  • Failure to adequately monitor recovery, post-treatment.
Read less

In the UK, around one in every 80-90 pregnancies is ectopic, according to the NHS. Overall, this accounts for around 12,000 pregnancies each year. Complications arising from an ectopic pregnancy are very rare but occasionally happen.