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Full-Term Abdominal Pregnancy: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Zhang J. · Li F. · Sheng Q.
Department of Maternal and Child Health Care, First Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shanxi, China Gynecol Obstet Invest 2008;65:139–141 (DOI:10.1159/000110015)


Background: Abdominal pregnancy is a rare, life-threatening condition. Case: A 30-year-old pregnant, gravida 3, para 1, was presented to hospital at 38 weeks gestation. She suffered from abdominal pain at 16 weeks gestation. At admission, obstetrical examination and transabdominal ultrasonography revealed that it was uterine pregnancy with a single living fetus and oligohydramnios. The diagnosis of abdominal pregnancy was made till intrasurgical operation. An amniotomy was performed and a normal neonatal female was extracted as breech. A subtotal abdominal hysterectomy was conducted. No postoperative complications were observed. Conclusion: We present this case to call attention to the clinicians and ultrasonographers that it is always important to bear in mind the possibility of abdominal pregnancies especially in the condition of fetal malpresentation, history of abdominal pain, malformations or oligohydramnion.


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