Abdominal pregnancy in a baboon: A first case report

Natalia E. Schlabritz-Loutsevitch, G. B. Hubbard, P. A. Frost, L. B. Cummins, E. J. Dick, P. W. Nathanielsz, T. J. McDonald

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The abdominal pregnancy is a rare, but life threatening complication of ectopic embryo implantation. Only three cases of abdominal pregnancy have been previously described in primates: in a squirrel monkey, owl monkey and in a rhesus macaque. A 14-year-old wild-caught olive baboon (Papio cynocephalus anubis) was diagnosed at the ultrasound examination with advanced gestational age extrauterine pregnancy. At the initial laparotomy and necropsy the diagnosis of abdominal pregnancy was made on Studdiford's criteria. This case indicates the possibility of developing a model for further study of different types of ectopic pregnancy and indicates a cesarean section as a risk factor for abdominal pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-59
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of medical primatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2004


  • Baboons
  • Non-human primates
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)


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