BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-219479
  • Novel treatment (new drug/intervention; established drug/procedure in new situation)

Successful ultrasound-guided drainage of an intra-abdominal collection in late pregnancy

  1. Muhammad A Hanif2
  1. 1Department of General Surgery, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex, UK
  2. 2Department of Interventional Radiology, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, Chelmsford, Essex, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jugal Patel, jugal2711{at}
  • Accepted 28 August 2017
  • Published 11 September 2017


Pregnancy complicated by an intra-abdominal collection is uncommon and poses a challenge in the management. We present a case that illustrates successful treatment via ultrasound-guided drainage of a collection associated with a dermoid cyst in a 30 weeks pregnant patient presenting with fever and right-sided abdominal pain. Following treatment, the patient clinically improved rapidly. The drain was removed 3 days later and a repeat ultrasound scan showed no collection.


  • Contributors All authors listed in this case report have made significant contribution to this work with no conflict of interest. Main roles are listed below. JP: literature review, obtaining patient consent and initial draft. HPPS: literature review, editing initial draft. TH: main supervising consultant for this project, involved in deciding patient management and editing case report. MAH: carried out interventional procedure, selected appropriate images and wrote figure captions for this case study.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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