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Afr J Reprod Health. 2011 Dec;15(4):106-8.

Diagnosis of ruptured ectopic pregnancy is still a challenge in Eastern Sudan.

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  • 1Faculty of Medicine, Kassala University, Sudan.


This was a cross sectional prospective study carried out in Kassala Maternity Hospital, Eastern Sudan (2008-2011) to investigate the incidence rate and factors associated with delayed presentation in ruptured ectopic pregnancy. The total number of deliveries during the study period was 9578. The total number of ectopic pregnancy was 199 yielding an incidence rate of (1 in 48 deliveries or 20.7 per 1000 deliveries). One hundred eighty six (93.5%) out of these were ruptured ectopic reflecting very low rate of diagnosis (6.5%) before rupture occurred. Maternal educations secondary, parity and history of subfertilty were associated with ruptured ectopic pregnancy (P=0.00, 0.003 and 0.00 respectively). The causes of delay reported by the patients include: 64.5 not aware of the pregnancy, 28% have been seen by health provider but reassure and 7.5% regarded the symptoms not serious enough to ask for care.

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