Journal article

Serum beta-hCG levels post-treatment of ectopic pregnancy with a single dose of intramuscular methotrexate

Ignatius E Hadinata, Lex W Doyle, Derrick Thompson, Leslie Reti

AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The cytotoxic management of ectopic pregnancy using a single dose of intramuscular methotrexate injection has been well established as effective for a select number of women with unruptured tubal ectopic pregnancy where there are minimal symptoms. AIM: The purpose of this study was to create centile curves of serum β-hCG levels following successful treatment with a single dose of 50 mg/m(2) of intramuscular methotrexate to treat ectopic pregnancy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data were retrieved from women treated at the Royal Women's Hospital for ectopic pregnancy between 2006 and 2012. Only women with minimal symptoms, initial serum β-hCG ≤5000 IU/L and ectopic mass size of ≤35 mm on ..

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