One hundred and forty two patients who had ectopic pregnancy at the
Immanuel General hospital, Eket between 1st January
1998 and 31st December
2002 were studied. The aim was to establish the incidence of ectopic
pregnancy and identify socio-demographic factors that may be useful in
predicting its diagnosis. The incidence of ectopic pregnancy was 1.7%.
It was most common among young women of low parity (51.3%) and petty
traders (59.9%). Lower abdominal pain was the commonest presenting
symptom (93.0%) and 98.6%) of the patients had had pelvic inflammatory
disease. The need for proper counseling and health education of our
women on safe sexual practices and general improvement in their
socio-economic status are advocated.
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