CT of early pregnancy

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Recent onset of nausea and lower abdominal pain

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Female
Modality: CT

Inadvertent CT scanning of an early pregnancy shows the gestational sac with increased vascularity in the myometrium. Suspicion of early fetal pole on sagittal scan. 

Case Discussion

This case shows a rare unintentional CT scan in a pregnant patient, features of which should be known to a radiologist.

CT for investigation of abdominal pain - patient not known to be pregnant. Subsequently positive beta hCG was documented. Patient was counselled on the radiation dose received by the fetus based on analysis by a medical physicist. Symptoms that caused presentation were likely to have been a manifestation of the pregnancy!

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Case Information

rID: 21339
Case created: 16th Jan 2013
Last edited: 19th Nov 2015
System: Obstetrics
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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