"Too much love will kill you".
This is an incredible photo of an embryo from an ectopic pregnancy which is approximately 3 to 4 weeks old from the point of conception (0.5 cm long).
An ectopic pregnancy, or eccysis, is a complication of pregnancy in which the embryo implants outside the uterine cavity. With rare exceptions, ectopic pregnancies are not viable. Furthermore, they are dangerous for the mother, since internal hemorrhage is a life-threatening complication.
Most ectopic pregnancies occur in the Fallopian tube (so-called tubal pregnancies), but implantation can also occur in the cervix, ovaries, and abdomen (nontubal pregnancies). In rare cases, there may be two fertilized eggs, one outside the uterus and the other inside (heterotopic pregnancy).
Up to 10% of women with ectopic pregnancy have no symptoms, and one-third have no medical signs. The symptoms are often non-specific and difficult to differentiate from those of other genitourinary and gastrointestinal disorders, including appendicitis, salpingitis, rupture of a corpus luteum cyst, miscarriage, ovarian torsion or urinary tract infection. Early signs include:
- Vaginal bleeding;
- Abdominal pain, which is often a late or even absent.
Less common features of ectopic pregnancy include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. An ectopic pregnancy is a potential medical emergency, and, if not treated properly, can lead to death.
(Picture from: http://embryology.med.unsw.edu.au/).