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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 208-210

An unusual case of retained abdominal pregnancy for 36 years in a postmenopausal woman

1 Department of Radiodiagnosis, Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Digdoh Hills, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Surgery, Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Digdoh Hills, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2229-516X.165374

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Abdominal pregnancy is a rare form of ectopic pregnancy which occurs due to ruptured uterine or tubal pregnancy into the abdomen. Fetal loss is a common complication of these pregnancies and patient presents with acute abdominal pain which is a surgical emergency. Another rare but established complication of this ectopic pregnancy is fetal demise with the dead fetus being retained in the abdomen. It gets macerated and mummified over a period of time and is mostly detected incidentally during imaging. Radiological imaging has hallmark appearances of such a macerated fetus showing multiple fetal parts embedded in a calcified sac termed as lithopedion or stone baby. We report a unique case of retained abdominal pregnancy for 36 years in a 60-year-old postmenopausal female presented with abdominal pain and difficulty in micturition. Computed tomography showed multiple fetal bones in the abdomen surrounded by a membrane which was surprisingly not calcified.

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