Objective. To inventory current policy in the diagnosis and treatment of ectopic pregnancy (EP) in the Netherlands. Design. Questionnaire. Setting. Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Methods. A questionnaire was sent to all 130 departments of gynaecology in the Netherlands. Results. The response was 94% (n = 122). Transvaginal ultrasonography was very widely used, whereas results of serum hCG measurements were only available within 24 h in 75% of the departments. Eighty-three per cent of the respondents screen for EP in high-risk patients. Laparoscopic surgery was used in 62% of the departments, open surgery in 9%, whereas in 28% the surgical technique depended upon the skills of the operating gynaecologist. If desire for pregnancy was present, 53% of the departments operated always conservatively, 2% always radically, whereas in 43% conservative surgery was performed only in case of a healthy ipsilateral tube. Methotrexate was used in 38% of the departments for persistent trophoblast, in 16% as primary treatment of interstitial pregnancies and in 13% as primary treatment for tubal pregnancy. Conclusion. Diagnostic strategies for EP in the Netherlands are homogeneous and in conformity with the state of the art in the literature. For treatment, laparoscopic techniques are widely used. In almost all departments, conservative surgery is the treatment of choice. Use of methotrexate is so far limited to treatment of persistent trophoblast after a failure of conservative surgery.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde|
|Publication status||Published - 29 Jun 1996|
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