Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 287, Issue 4, pp 687–695 | Cite as

Rudimentary horn pregnancy: a 10-year experience and review of literature

  • Sujata Siwatch
  • Reeti Mehra
  • Dilpreet Kaur Pandher
  • Anju Huria
General Gynecology


Rudimentary horn pregnancy is rare, but can cause considerable morbidity and mortality. We discuss five cases presented to our hospital in the last 10 years and systematically review the 10-year literature of rudimentary horn pregnancies diagnosed antenatally pre-rupture.

Objectives of the review

The aim of the review was to find radiologic investigations/criteria to diagnose rudimentary horn pregnancy antenatally pre-rupture.

Search methods

A systematic literature review was carried out in Pubmed search for rudimentary horn pregnancies. The radiologic findings of the cases diagnosed before rupture were analyzed.


Ultrasound is the most commonly used technique, though MRI seems to delineate details better. Non-continuity of the lumen of the cervix with the pregnant uterine horn is an important imaging finding. High clinical suspicion and radiologic skill for diagnosis are emphasized.


The review presents the existing imaging criteria to diagnose rudimentary horn pregnancy and suggests future research to enhance the limited evidence.


Rudimentary horn pregnancy Ectopic pregnancy Mullerian duct abnormality 


Conflict of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sujata Siwatch
    • 1
    • 2
  • Reeti Mehra
    • 1
  • Dilpreet Kaur Pandher
    • 1
  • Anju Huria
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyGovernment Medical College and HospitalChandigarhIndia
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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