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

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 counseled 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
Published: 16th Jan 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Obstetrics
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included