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When the mature ovum leaves the ovary it enters the fringed opening of the fallopian tube, through which it travels slowly to the uterus. When conception takes place, the tube is usually the site of fertilization. Obstruction or infection within the fallopian tubes is a major cause of infertility. The removal of one tube by surgery, or the failure of a tube to function, ordinarily leaves the other tube intact and able to perform its function in reproduction. Occasionally the fertilized ovum implants in the wall of the fallopian tube, resulting in an ectopic, or tubal pregnancy.
u·ter·ine tube(yū'tĕr-in tūb) [TA]
Synonym(s): salpinx (1) [TA] , fallopian tube, gonaduct (2) , oviduct.
Fallopian tubeThe open-ended tube along which eggs (ova) travel from the ovaries to the womb (uterus) and in which fertilization must occur if pregnancy is to result. The open end of each Fallopian tube has finger-like processes that sweep over the surface of the ovary at the time of ovulation, wafting the egg into the tube. Also known as a uterine tube. (Gabriele Fallopio, Italian anatomist, 1523–63).
Fallopian tubea tube forming part of the OVIDUCT, present on either side of a female mammal, that transmits secondary oocytes from the peritoneal cavity to the uterus and is the usual site of FERTILIZATION. Ciliary action is involved in the egg movement, and muscular action of the uterus facilitates the upward movement of sperms from the vaginal tract where they have been deposited after copulation.
Fallopius,Gabriele, Italian anatomist, 1523-1562.
Patient discussion about Fallopian tube
Q. She had an infection in her fallopian tubes. She is recovering now, but can she get pregnant again? My sister had a very bad pregnancy where she had lost her first child. She had an infection in her fallopian tubes. As it was an ectopic pregnancy, she had an operation where they made a small incision in the fallopian tube and removed the embryo. She was depressed for quite a while as she was looking forward to enjoying her new baby. She is recovering now, but can she get pregnant again?
i believe that what happened to your sister was non-complicated ectopic pregnancy, because the doctor was just doing the minimal invasive surgery in her fallopian tube. it still has the risks of having another ectopic one in her future pregnancy, but with a complete medical check-up and work-up, i'm sure she will just be doing well.
i just wrote a brief note about ectopic pregnancy, in case you want to read that :