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Tubal Ectopic Pregnancy 12 Weeks after Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy and Tubal Ligation
1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Université Laval, Québec, Canada  
JEMCR 2018; 9: 8-9
DOI: 10.5152/jemcr.2018.1986
Key Words: Ectopic pregnancy, hysterectomy, tubal ligation

Introduction: Since 1895, at least 67 ectopic pregnancies have been reported in patients previously subjected to hysterectomy. Most of them were abdominal or vaginal total hysterectomies. Only four cases of ectopic pregnancies in patients who had undergone hysterectomies have been reported after a laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy (LSH), with three of them having occurred years after surgery.


Case Report: A 40-year-old white Caucasian woman was admitted to the emergency room with acute abdominal pain for 20 min, 12 weeks after LSH and tubal ligation. Rapid examination using ultrasounds scan did not show free liquid in the abdomen, and initially, the cause of pain was not identified. However, the patient became unstable and 4 h after symptom presentation, a second ultrasound scan revealed a significant amount of free liquid in the abdomen. Quantification of β-HCG confirmed the suspicion of a ruptured tubal ectopic pregnancy.


Conclusions: Ectopic pregnancy is one of the conditions to be considered in differential diagnosis of abdominal pain in women of child-bearing age. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of an ectopic pregnancy occurring as early as 3 months after LSH and tubal ligation.



Cite this article as: Maheux AF, Kind  S. Tubal Ectopic Pregnancy 12 Weeks after Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy and Tubal Ligation. J Emerg Med Case Rep 2018; 9: 8-9.

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