Indian surgeries have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been hidden in a woman’s abdomen for 36 years. It is believed to be the world’s longest ectopic pregnancy, a doctor said.
The patient is 60 years old but became pregnant at age 24. She suffered a miscarriage because the foetus had been growing outside of her uterus.
The woman came from a poor rural area in central India. She was scared of having operation at the time to remove the remains of the foetus, and instead sought medication for the pain at a local clinic.
Dr Murtaza Akhtar, head of surgery at the N.K.P. Salve Institute of Medicaal Sciences in the city of Nagpur said although the pain gradually came to calm, but few years later, the woman still sought medical help at a hospital in western India,
“She complained about pain in the abdomen,” he added.
Doctors felt a lump on her lower right abdomen and assumed that it could be cancer.
Akhtar stated after testing and scanning, they were thinking about how to handle this issue. It’s a matured skeleton enclosed in a calcified sac.
They had never heard such a case before. It was very unusual.
The doctors searched and found that a woman in Belgium whose remains of a foetus for 18 years following an ectopic pregnancy. It is the longest they could find on record.
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the egg implants outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes.
A team of doctors in Nagpur successfully performed surgery to remove the skeleton hat was lodged between the woman’s uterus, intestines and bladder.
The patient was shocked when she first got to know what had happened.
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