Heterotopic pregnancy after in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer

H. Y. Chin, F. P. Chen, C. J. Wang, L. T. Shui, Y. H. Liu, Y. K. Soong

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Objective: A ruptured cornual pregnancy is a rare and challenging problem. We present two cases of cornual pregnancies after in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET) treated by cornual resection, with an excellent perinatal outcome for the intrauterine pregnancy in both cases. A literature review of cornual pregnancy after IVF-ET is also included. Case reports: Two women had undergone IVF-ET because of tubal problems. Emergent laparotomy was performed because of internal bleeding at 12 weeks of gestation in one case and 17 weeks in the other, and in both cases, ruptured cornual pregnancies were found. Cornual resection and primary repair were performed. The women were discharged on the 6th and 7th postoperative day, respectively, and they underwent an elective cesarean delivery at 37 weeks of pregnancy. They were delivered of healthy babies, one weighing 2700 g and the other 2310 g. Conclusion: These cases illustrate that good perinatal outcomes can be achieved by surgical intervention in heterotopic pregnancies, even in the event of a ruptured cornu.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-416
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Cornual pregnancy
  • Heterotopic pregnancy
  • In vitro fertilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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