Repeat acute abdomen and hemoperitoneum during the same pregnancy due to a ruptured ectopic treated by salpingostomy

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Abstract

A leading cause of maternal mortality in the first trimester is hemorrhage due to a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. With the advent of tube salvage surgery, ectopic pregnancies can be removed while ensuring hemostasis and preserving the integrity of the fallopian tube. A major drawback of tube salvage surgery is the significant risk of persistent trophoblastic tissue being left behind. We report a case of a 30 year old female who presented to the ED with acute abdomen and hemoperitoneum due to a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. She was treated with salpingostomy and the pathologic report confirmed removal of the ectopic pregnancy. After an initially uneventful post-operative recovery, she presented to the ED 27 days later with signs of acute abdomen and hemoperitoneum. Surgical intervention confirmed a ruptured ectopic pregnancy in the same site as previous, and salpingectomy was performed, after which the patient recovered without complications. The increased risk of persistent trophoblastic tissue associated with tube salvage surgery can lead to subsequent reoperation for tubal rupture. Patients undergoing these procedures should be closely monitored in the following weeks and undergo serial β-hCG testing in order to confirm successful removal of the ectopic.

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