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New test may save lives of mums

PUBLISHED: 16:46 12 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:31 11 August 2010

DOCTORS based at Queen s Hospital have developed a ground-breaking new test that could help spot ectopic pregnancies early. Thousands of women are affected each year but now experts at Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust may be able to help expectan

DOCTORS based at Queen's Hospital have developed a ground-breaking new test that could help spot ectopic pregnancies early.

Thousands of women are affected each year but now experts at Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust may be able to help expectant mums who have the life-threatening condition.

Ectopic pregnancies are the fourth most common cause of maternal death in the UK.

They occur when the foetus develops inside the fallopian tube or in rare cases attaches itself to the ovaries or cervix.

Babies cannot survive if they develop outside the womb and spontaneously miscarry which can leave woman unable to have future children.

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