June 30th, 2022

A full text version of this article is available.
To access article obtain online access here or login
Primary Hepatic Ectopic Pregnancy: A Case Report
Authors:  Jianchun Tu, M.D., Erlei Wang, M.D., and Junkang Shen, M.D.
BACKGROUND: Hepatic pregnancy is a very rare form of ectopic pregnancy, potentially life-threatening for the mother.

CASE: A 33-year-old woman presented with intermittent pain in the upper abdomen of 5 daysí duration. An abdominopelvic ultrasound scan was performed, which demonstrated hepatic pregnancy. Later, abdominal computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in coronal and axial confirmed the findings and delineated exactly the regional anatomy before surgery. Laparotomy was successfully performed according to the preoperative diagnosis.

CONCLUSION: The application of imaging techniques (ultrasound, CT, and MRI scan) is very useful in hepatic pregnancy for defining the regional anatomy in greater detail and is critical in minimizing surgical injury.
Keywords:  abdominal pregnancy, computed tomography, CT scan, ectopic pregnancy, hepatic pregnancy, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonic diagnosis, ultrasonography, aultrasound
  Acrobat Reader 7.0 is recommended to properly view and print the article.
Reader can be downloaded from