Persistent tubal pregnancy presenting with delayed hemorrhage from a second implantation of trophoblast on the ovary: A case report

Randal D. Robinson, Elizabeth S. Ginsburg

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The use of conservative surgical techniques to treat ectopic pregnancies has been reported to increase the rate of incomplete trophoblastic tissue removal and subsequent regrowth. CASE: A persistent ectopic pregnancy occurred in a woman previously treated with laparoscopic linear salpingostomy for an ampullary ectopic pregnancy. Repeat laparoscopy was performed, and bleeding from an ovarian implantation site was treated with resection of the trophoblastic site and electrocautery. A repeat linear salpingostomy was also performed at the site of the prior salpingostomy, where trophoblastic tissue also persisted. CONCLUSION: This is the first known case of hemorrhage from the probable secondary ovarian implantation of persistent trophoblastic tissue. A repeat conservative surgical procedure to treat persistent ectopic pregnancies and maintain potential fertility is advocated. This case also serves as a reminder to diligently examine all areas of the pelvis for the possible secondary implantation of persistent trophoblastic tissue should reoperation be necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-695
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Volume49
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2004

Keywords

  • Ovary
  • Pregnancy, tubal
  • Trophoblast

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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