Cesarean scar ectopic pregnancy

Last revised by Joshua Yap on 17 Aug 2022

Cesarean scar ectopic pregnancy is a rare type of abnormal implantation. It is often considered the rarest type of ectopic pregnancy, although some do not include it in this category as implantation occurs within the uterus, instead preferring the term "cesarean scar pregnancy" 6.

It has an estimated incidence of ~1:1800-2200 pregnancies 2,3. The overall incidence is however thought to be increasing 4, representing up to 6% of ectopic pregnancies in patients with a history of cesarean section 11.

Poor healing can result in a focal thinning of the scar, which may be susceptible to implantation of the gestational sac at this point rather than in the endometrial cavity 10

Described sonographic features include:

  • empty uterus
  • empty cervical canal
  • development of the gestational sac in the anterior part of the lower uterine segment
  • an absence of myometrium between the bladder wall and the gestational sac

Ultrasound-guided methotrexate injection has emerged as the treatment of choice. Surgical or invasive techniques, including dilatation and curettage, are not recommended due to high morbidity and poor prognosis. Because subsequent pregnancies may also be complicated by uterine rupture, the uterine scar should be evaluated before, as well as during the subsequent pregnancies.

On ultrasound consider:

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Cases and figures

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  • Case 2: cesarean scar pregnancy
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  • Case 4: on MRI
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