CT of early pregnancy

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell

Presentation

Recent onset of nausea and lower abdominal pain

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Female
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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