We report a 35-year-old female patient with a history of bilateral salpingectomy from ectopic pregnancies presenting with a positive serum beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (bhCG) result following in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment. Apart from per vaginal spotting, she remained asymptomatic. Initial ultrasound showed an empty uterus with a cystic mass on the right side of the uterus. Serum beta-hCG was trended. A follow-up pelvic ultrasound 1 week later showed a live pregnancy in the right adnexa. A diagnostic laparoscopy was performed, which revealed an unruptured right stump ectopic pregnancy that was successfully removed. As a stump ectopic pregnancy can be a potentially life-threatening occurrence, we emphasise caution with salpingectomy and the consideration of tubal stump ectopic pregnancies following IVF treatment.
- obstetrics and gynaecology
- reproductive medicine
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Contributors SLY: Primary surgeon and composer of the manuscript. SHMS: Second surgeon and reviewer of the manuscript. JKYC: Primary caregiver and reproductive medicine specialist of the patient, and reviewer of the manuscript.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient consent for publication Obtained.
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