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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
ISSN: 1394-195X
Vol. 23, No. 5, 2016, pp. 96-99
Bioline Code: mj16068
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 23, No. 5, 2016, pp. 96-99

 en Term Live Secondary Abdominal Pregnancy: A Case Report
Pannu, Deepika; Bharti, Rekha; Anand, H P & Sharma, Manjula


Term, live abdominal pregnancy secondary to rupture of a uterine rudimentary horn is a rare condition. Pregnancies conceived in the rudimentary horn of the uterus usually rupture during early gestation and present as a catastrophic event. However, rarely, after rupture of the uterine horn the foetus may continue to grow in the abdominal cavity and reach term gestation. A primigravida with a term pregnancy was referred to our centre for caesarean section with ultrasonography findings of transverse lie and placenta previa. During surgery, a live baby was extracted from the abdominal cavity, revealing a bicornuate uterus with rupture of the rudimentary horn. The early peroperative diagnosis and prompt control of the bleeding with excision of the rudimentary horn and transfusion of multiple blood products saved the patient’s life. The case is presented for its rarity and to highlight the importance of a high index of suspicion in cases presenting with abnormal foetal presentation.

abdominal; pregnancy; extra uterine pregnancy; live birth; term pregnancy

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