Journal of Medical Ultrasonics

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 93–95 | Cite as

Distinctive ultrasonographic finding of complete uterine rupture in early mid-trimester

  • Masaki Ogawa
  • Tae Sugawara
  • Akira Sato
  • Toshinobu Tanaka
Case Report


In many cases of uterine rupture, diagnosis is often impossible when characteristic clinical symptoms are absent. We encountered a case of suspected peritoneal pregnancy in which we were able to make a definitive diagnosis by ultrasonography of complete uterine rupture in early mid-trimester. The possibly distinctive finding is the high-echo area that extends from the endometrium to the uterine serosa. This contiguous, highly echogenic finding should be recognized as characteristic of complete rupture of the uterus.


Uterine rupture Early mid-trimester Uterus bicornis Ultrasonographic finding 


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© The Japan Society of Ultrasonics in Medicine 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Masaki Ogawa
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tae Sugawara
    • 2
  • Akira Sato
    • 2
  • Toshinobu Tanaka
    • 2
  1. 1.Perinatal Care CenterAkita University HospitalAkitaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyAkita University School of MedicineAkitaJapan

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