Abdominal pregnancy: A case report of a viable non dysmorphic fetus

Abdominal pregnancy: A case report of a viable non dysmorphic fetus

Author by Odelola Oi

Journal/Publisher: Nigerian Medical Journal

Volume/Edition: 60

Language: English

Pages: 43 - 45


Abdominal pregnancy is a rare form of ectopic gestation. It accounts for about 0.4% of all cases of ectopic pregnancy, and often associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Clinical presentation varies, and diagnosis is commonly challenging. Although ultrasound is helpful in early gestation, this could be unsatisfactory at advanced gestational age. Hence, a high index of suspicion is required in the diagnosis. We present a case of secondary abdominal pregnancy in a 27?year?old gravida 2 para 0 + 1 at an estimated gestational age of 33 weeks and 5 days. She had ultrasound scan done at 9 weeks and 2 days confirming the diagnosis, but declined surgery to seek spiritual intervention. She subsequently presented with generalized abdominal pain and fainting attack. She had exploratory laparotomy with delivery of a live female baby with no congenital anomaly. The placenta was attached to the left infundibulopelvic ligament and was delivered wholly without remnants. She was discharged on the 8th postoperative day, and the baby was discharged after 14 days from the neonatal intensive care unit. Accurate diagnosis and prompt intervention with evaluation of placenta attachment is vital to prevent adverse consequences.


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