Articles: Biomarkers

What makes ectopic pregnancy the leading cause of death for pregnant women in their first trimester is the condition’s unpredictability. A growing embryo, lodged dangerously in the Fallopian tubes, occurs about once in 100 pregnancies, but most cases are not discovered until a patient seeks treatment in the emergency room. 

Now, however, Wistar researchers have discovered a set of protein biomarkers — blood-borne indicators of disease — that may provide doctors with the first blood test for ectopic pregnancy.