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Term delivery of a heterotopic pregnancy coexisting with ruptured tubal ectopic pregnancy: A case report

Kenneth Toby Maduako
Vivian Onoh


Pregnancies that occur in two different implantation sites simultaneously is described as Heterotopic pregnancy (HP). In the current study, a case of term delivery of a heterotopic pregnancy coexisting with ruptured tubal ectopic pregnancy, diagnosed by ultrasound (US) and clinical examination findings, which was managed successfully. A 25 year old Nigerian female, gravida 4, para 2 (2 term gestation, 1 spontaneous abortion) presented at the Emergency room with acute abdominal pain associated with vomiting. She had 8 weeks amenorrhea and a positive pregnancy test three weeks prior to presentation. Transvaginal ultrasound scan revealed a sixweeks viable intrauterine gestation. A diagnosis of possible ectopic pregnancy was made. Further trans-abdominal ultrasonography imaging revealed viable intrauterine pregnancy with evidence of an echogenic mass measuring 6.5 x 7.5cm in the abdominal cavity with significant fluid collection, and both ovaries were visualized and separate from the mass. An emergency exploratory laparotomy with right salpingectomy was performed with minimal handling of the uterus and other pelvic structures. At 37 weeks and 5 days gestation, she had an elective C/S for a transverse lying fetus and delivered a live normal birth weight baby girl with a good Apgar score.

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