Laparoscopy during pregnancy: Case report and key points to improve laparoscopic management

Josep Estadella, Pia Español, Beatriz Grandal, Marta Gine, Juan Parra

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© 2017 Elsevier B.V. Case report A 34-year-old woman in her 19th week of gestation was admitted to the Emergency Department of our hospital for acute abdominal pain. The patient was diagnosed with haemoperitoneum. Laparoscopy was performed and revealed acute bleeding from a crumbly superficial uterine vascular network. Haemostasis was achieved and both mother and foetus recovered well after surgery. A caesarean section was performed at 38 weeks, delivering a healthy newborn and revealing that the pregnancy had developed in a rudimentary hemiuterus. Laparoscopy during pregnancy is safe and feasible and can be performed in any trimestre of pregnancy with no differences in perinatal outcomes but, as intervention complexity increases with gestational age, laparoscopy during pregnancy should be performed by experienced surgeons To minimise surgical risk several recommendations should be taken into account: gravid patients should be positioned in a left-tilted supine position, trocar placement should be adjusted to uterine size and gas insuflattion of 10–15 mmHg can be used.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-88
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017


  • Laparoscopy
  • Pregnancy
  • Surgery


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