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Fetal MRI in the preoperative diagnosis and assessment of secondary abdominal pregnancy: a rare sequela of a previous caesarean section.
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PMID:  22274996     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Secondary abdominal pregnancy is a rare type of ectopic pregnancy. Following fertilization, the blastocyst escapes from the uterine cavity and implants in the peritoneal cavity. The early antenatal diagnosis and identification of the site and extent of placental implantation in an abdominal pregnancy is important to prepare for the eventual surgery. We present the case of a 24-year-old patient presenting with loss of fetal movement at 26 weeks of gestation for whom an abdominal pregnancy was suspected on ultrasonography and later confirmed on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). She had one caesarean section in the past. The MRI findings suggested a scar dehiscence. She was eventually managed surgically, and the unviable fetus was removed. Abdominal pregnancies must be treated as emergencies. They usually present with complications such as fetal death and intra-abdominal hemorrhaging and can be easily missed on routine antenatal ultrasonography. The exact anatomical relationships of the fetus, the placenta, and vital maternal intra-abdominal structures can be accurately delineated with MRI, which greatly aids the management of patients with abdominal pregnancy. A proposed imaging protocol and technical suggestions for improving the diagnostic capability of ultrasonography and MRI in abdominal pregnancies has been provided to aid in the appropriate evaluation of suspect cases.
Shireesh Kumar Mittal; Neetu Singh; Ashok Kumar Verma; Himanshu Agarwal; Chaitanya D Kulkarni; Reeta Kanaujia
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-1-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Diagnostic and interventional radiology (Ankara, Turkey)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1305-3612     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-1-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101241152     Medline TA:  Diagn Interv Radiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Radiodiagnosis, Ganesh Shankar Vidhyarthi Memorial Medical College, Kanpur, India.
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