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Recurrent heterotopic pregnancy after bilateral salpingectomy in an IVF patient: Case report

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Purpose: To report a rare clinical case of recurrent heterotopic pregnancy in the same patient following bilateral salpingectomy and in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments.

Methods: A 35 year-old woman, suffering from mechanical infertility, was treated by IVF, resulting in two episodes of heterotopic pregnancies within 2 years. The first episode ended in bilateral salpingectomy due to unilateral tubal pregnancy and contralateral severely damaged tube. The intrauterine pregnancy ended in early missed abortion. The second heterotopic pregnancy presented as bleeding cornual pregnancy, managed by laparoscopic resection of the tubal stump, and ended in a term singleton delivery.

Conclusion: The possibility of cornual heterotopic pregnancy following bilateral salpingectomy, though very rare, should be considered by every gynecologist treating IVF patient.

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Ben-Ami, I., Panski, M., Ushakov, F. et al. Recurrent heterotopic pregnancy after bilateral salpingectomy in an IVF patient: Case report. J Assist Reprod Genet 23, 333–335 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10815-006-9052-2

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Keywords

  • Bilateral salpingectomy
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Heterotopic pregnancy
  • IVF