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will an ectopic pregnancy come up on a HPT positive as fast as a regular pregnancy??

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There is currently no biomarker that is successful in indicating the location of a pregnancy. Therefore, if your pregnancy is ectopic, you may receive a positive home pregnancy test as normal pregnancies. The only difference is, however, the fertilized egg implants in a location outside of the uterine cavity, such as the fallopian tubes, cervix, ovary, cornual region of the uterus, or the abdominal cavity.

Other symptoms common to early pregnancy, including nausea, breast fullness, fatigue, low abdominal pain, heavy cramping, shoulder pain, and recent dyspareunia may be present, but non-specific in alarming of the pregnancy being ectopic.

Few women have presented to the hospital with pain, amenorrhea (2 or more missed periods), and vaginal bleeding, but so far that happen in only 50% of the ectopic cases. The remainder number of cases, there are no other primary symptoms except pelvic tenderness, an enlarged uterus, adnexal (plural for appendage) mass, or tenderness.

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REFERENCE(S):

1.Vicken P Sepilian, MD, MMS, 2007. Ectopic Pregnancy: Lab Studies. eMedicine Clinical Reference, emedicine.com/med/topic3212.htm
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