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Gynaecologist Says One Should Go For Scanning When Pregnancy Is Suspected

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Dr Nathaniel Adewole , a Gynaecologist, has advised pregnant women to go for proper scanning instead of self medication once pregnancy was expected.

Adewole of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, gave the advice on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

He described ectopic pregnancy as one of the leading causes of maternal death among women of bearing age, adding that it might represent 0.2 per cent of five pregnancies.

According to him, when ever pregnancy is suspected or abdominal pains occurs, , the advice is for such a woman and not to resort

“ Ectopic pregnancy is the location of pregnancy outside the normal internal cavity or womb and it could be in the abdomen, pelvic, ovary or in the tube especially.

“When it is not ruptured, it could lead to anaemia, internal bleeding, and even to death,” he said.

According to him, it usually present with abdominal pain due to the location, saying that sometime the woman may not know that she has missed her menstrual period.

The gynaecologist explained that when the pregnancy was located in the womb;( the normal cavity), it would expand up to 1,000 times of the normal size and it would be accommodated.

“But when it is located in the tube, there will be a problem, because the tube cannot expand.”

Adewole identified infection, pelvic inflammatory disease as well as abnormality of the tube as the predisposing factor to ectopic pregnancy.

“If the tube is totally blocked, unable to transport the fertilised egg to the womb, it could lead to ectopic pregnancy.’’

He also said that ectopic pregnancy was common among women of bearing age and contributed to the rate of maternal death in the country.

“This is because a woman might collapse and die in some places as a result of the kind of pregnancy she experienced.”

Adewole, however, said that treatment of ectopic pregnancy could be by operation, if it is ruptured, adding that sometime, it could melt by itself before the person noticed it.

He, however, said that proper diagnosis and treatment of pelvic inflammatory disease would prevent infertility and ectopic pregnancy in future.

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Olite1996• 8 months ago
iammicharles• 8 months ago
AdetolaAkomolafe• 8 months ago
Very important information...
innkayobami• 8 months ago
Good one
Iyamahsolomon• 8 months ago
Good idea
Abidoun• 8 months ago
Good talk
Raymond• 8 months ago
Its a gud idea

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