Ultrasound reveals foetus growing in woman’s liver in rare ectopic pregnancy case | 7NEWS
A foetus was found to be growing inside a woman’s liver in an “extremely rare” ectopic pregnancy case in Canada.
The woman had gone for an ultrasound when the shocking discovery was made.
Paediatrician Michael Narvey, from the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, took to TikTok to explain what had happened.
“I thought I had seen it all – a 33-year-old woman comes in with a 14-day history of menstrual bleeding and 49 days since her last menstrual period,” he explains.
“What they find in the liver is this: a baby.
“She had an ectopic pregnancy in her liver.
“We see these sometimes in the abdomen but never in the liver. This is a first for me.”
The video has gone viral, attracting millions of views and hundreds of comments.
“I don’t even believe this can happen. How does a fertilised egg make it to the liver?” one person wrote.
“I’m an ultrasound tech and this would be the last place I would be looking for an ectopic pregnancy,” another person wrote.
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An ectopic pregnancy happens when a fertilised egg is found implanted outside of the womb.
Most often the egg implants itself in the woman’s fallopian tubes, which connect the ovaries to the womb.
Less commonly, an ectopic pregnancy can happen in the abdomen, as Dr Narvey notes, in the cervix, or in an ovary.
Ectopic pregnancies in the liver are extremely rare and dangerous.
Surgery is usually performed to remove the foetus, or a medication called methotrexate is used to stop the egg from developing further if the pregnancy is in its early stages.
Ectopic pregnancies can be life-threatening to the mother, but in this case, Dr Narvey confirms, the woman survived.
The foetus had to be surgically removed.
“I had an ectopic pregnancy and it ruptured and my belly filled with blood,” one woman shared.
“I almost died. Super scary.”
Dr Narvey said the woman was seven weeks pregnant when the ectopic pregnancy was discovered.
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