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Fertil Steril. 1992 Feb;57(2):456-7.

Serum progesterone and uterine curettage in differential diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tennessee-Memphis.


The implementation of a serum P less than 5.0 ng/mL is important because it resolves the differential diagnosis of EP by enabling timely uterine curettage. Curettage with examination of curettings or documentation of falling hCG can be used to prevent unnecessary laparoscopies in patients undergoing spontaneous abortions and can make possible definitive diagnosis and medical treatment of EP completely eschewing anesthesia and surgery.

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