Ectopic pregnancy in the liver incidentally diagnosed by imaging: A case report

  • Authors:
    • Ye‑Yu Cai
    • En‑Hua Xiao
    • Quan‑Liang Shang
    • Li‑Zhi Xiao
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  • Published online on: May 18, 2017     https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2017.4478
  • Pages: 373-376
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Abstract

The present report describes the case of a 31‑year‑old woman diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy in the liver. The patient presented with amenorrhea for 40 days and abdominal distention for 27 days. A liver mass had been detected 6 days prior to presentation. Using ultrasound (US), a hyperechoic mass with a fluid sonolucent area was detected in the right hepatic lobe. Examination by computed tomography (CT) revealed the presence of a mass in the right hepatic lobe with a slightly low‑density peripheral region and an oval central portion of lower density in the plain scan; the enhanced scan revealed a significantly enhanced peripheral region and a non‑enhanced central portion. 18F‑fluodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)‑CT showed a mass in the right hepatic lobe with an increased intake of FDG in the peripheral region (maximum standard uptake value, 5.7) and a non‑increased intake of FDG in the central portion. The patient was then subjected to hysteroscopy and laparoscopy. Histopathologically, the mass was an ectopic pregnancy. The patient recovered following the surgery. In conclusion, a timely diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy was made for a 31‑year‑old women with an ectopic pregnancy in the liver on the basis of US, CT and PET‑CT imaging results, which enabled surgery to be undertaken prior to any serious consequences. These observations may be helpful for the diagnosis of similar cases in the future.
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Cai, Y., Xiao, E., Shang, Q., & Xiao, L. (2017). Ectopic pregnancy in the liver incidentally diagnosed by imaging: A case report. Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, 14, 373-376. https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2017.4478
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Cai, Y., Xiao, E., Shang, Q., Xiao, L."Ectopic pregnancy in the liver incidentally diagnosed by imaging: A case report". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 14.1 (2017): 373-376.
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Cai, Y., Xiao, E., Shang, Q., Xiao, L."Ectopic pregnancy in the liver incidentally diagnosed by imaging: A case report". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 14, no. 1 (2017): 373-376. https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2017.4478