Fetus: on abdominal radiograph

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Complex past surgical history with numerous operations for inflammatory bowel disease. Presents with symptoms of obstruction.

Patient Data

Age: 31
Gender: Female

A second trimester foetus is identified with its head in the pelvis and spine on the right side of the mother's abdomen.

The bowel is normal calibre, but displaced superiorly by the enlarged uterus containing a foetus.

Annotated image

A zoomed up image with overlay highlighting the fetal femur, spine and head.

Case Discussion

On rare occasions following discussion and when clinical indications dictate, imaging of the abdomen with ionising radiation is undertaken. However, a fetus on an abdominal radiograph is usually an incidental finding or found in a patient with a concealed pregnancy.

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Case information

rID: 33201
Case created: 4th Jan 2015
Last edited: 13th Feb 2018
Tag: rdgh
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