Heterotopic triplet pregnancy: report and video of a case of a ruptured tubal implantation with living embryo concurrent with an intrauterine twin gestation.

Flávio Garcia Oliveira, Vicente Abdelmassih, Soraya Abdelmassih Oliveira, Roger Abdelmassih, P. Nagy

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This report presents a case of triplet heterotopic gestation after intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)-IVF treatment, with a left ruptured ectopic tubal implantation with a living embryo and successful outcome of the concurrent intrauterine twin gestation. A couple whose infertility was caused by oligoasthenozoospermia was referred for ICSI treatment. Three good quality embryos were transferred at the request of the patient. Early gestational control was performed by ultrasound at weeks 5 and 7 of gestation. The patient reported to the centre during week 7 with severe abdominal pain and with signs of peritoneal irritation. Transvaginal ultrasound revealed an extra-uterine ruptured implantantion. During the concomitantly performed laparoscopic procedure, a living embryo was observed after opening the extra-uterine embryonic sac. Heartbeat activity was present and lasted for 5 min after surgical resection of the tubal implantation. The patient was discharged from hospital without complications. The intrauterine twin gestation was not affected and two healthy infants were born at week 38 of gestation. Heterotopic pregnancy should be ruled out in patients submitted to IVF-embryo transfer, although no predisposing factors are present in some cases. Precise diagnosis may be delayed due to some important characteristics of the IVF-embryo transfer treatment. Nevertheless, this condition should be diagnosed by ultrasound before tubal rupture to avoid obvious complications. Laparoscopy remains the gold standard for diagnosis and treatment in these cases. The presentation of the heterotopic pregnancy was recorded on video and may be viewed on the internet at www.rbmonline.com/Article/710.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-316
Number of pages4
JournalReproductive BioMedicine Online
Volume5
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2002

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Heterotopic triplet pregnancy : report and video of a case of a ruptured tubal implantation with living embryo concurrent with an intrauterine twin gestation. / Oliveira, Flávio Garcia; Abdelmassih, Vicente; Abdelmassih Oliveira, Soraya; Abdelmassih, Roger; Nagy, P.

In: Reproductive BioMedicine Online, Vol. 5, No. 3, 11.2002, p. 313-316.

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Oliveira, Flávio Garcia ; Abdelmassih, Vicente ; Abdelmassih Oliveira, Soraya ; Abdelmassih, Roger ; Nagy, P. / Heterotopic triplet pregnancy : report and video of a case of a ruptured tubal implantation with living embryo concurrent with an intrauterine twin gestation. In: Reproductive BioMedicine Online. 2002 ; Vol. 5, No. 3. pp. 313-316.
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