April 8th, 2020

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Live Full-term Ovarian Ectopic Pregnancy: A Case Report
Authors:  Megan L. Lee, Bo C. Li, M.D., Ph.D., David Robins, M.D., and Todd D. Tillmanns, M.D.
BACKGROUND: Ovarian ectopic pregnancy is rare, with an incidence of 1/7,000 to 1/40,000. Only a few of them progress to full term and survive. Most of them rupture in the first trimester and require emergency surgical intervention.

CASE: An African American woman at 38 4/7 weeks’ gestation presented to labor and delivery with decreased fetal movement. Fetal presentation was vertex by ultrasound, which failed to detect ectopic pregnancy. The patient underwent cesarean section for nonreassuring fetal status. Dense pelvic adhesions and an unexpected, live, left ovarian ectopic pregnancy were encountered during laparotomy.

CONCLUSION: This case stresses the importance of starting prenatal care early and having a routine first trimester transvaginal ultrasound, which could enhance early detection of an ectopic pregnancy.
Keywords:  ectopic pregnancy, full term ectopic pregnancy, ovarian pregnancy
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