Author: Jared Scott, MD
- Data is mixed, but some studies show 1-2% of pregnancies are ectopic.
- Risk factors for ectopic pregnancies include: pelvic inflammatory disease, prior ectopic pregnancy, prior abdominal surgery, prior abortion, advanced maternal age, IUD, tubal blockage, and smoking (including spouse).
- Greatest risk factor is a prior ectopic pregnancy, which carries a 17x higher risk.
- Patients with histories of PID and cigarette smoking present educational opportunities.
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