BACKGROUND:: Trophoblastic tissue spread following uterine perforation during dilation and curettage is rare. We present a case of trophoblastic spread to the sigmoid colon following uterine perforation, which was treated by surgical removal of the implants and intramuscular administration of methotrexate. CASE:: A woman presented 3 weeks after curettage for a blighted ovum. Laparotomy performed for suspected intra-abdominal bleeding revealed bleeding trophoblastic implants in a perforation tract and the anterior uterine wall and on the appendix epiploica of the sigmoid colon. The implants were surgically removed and methotrexate was administered for persistently high β-hCG levels. The patient fully recovered. CONCLUSION:: Extrauterine trophoblastic implants should be considered in women evaluated for abdominal pain whose pregnancy test is positive after uterine perforation. Conservative treatment with methotrexate in nonacute patients may be considered.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|Issue number||5 PART 2|
|State||Published - Nov 2004|