Colombian doctors discovered a 40-year-old fetus in the abdomen of a patient
In Colombia, doctors examined a 82-year-old patient and discovered a dead fetus that had apparently been undetected in the woman's abdomen for more than 40 years. The patient, who also has dementia, was examined in the Bogota hospital for severe headaches and diarrhea, according to media reports, but the doctors could not have imagined that the symptoms were caused by a calcified fetus from the 32nd week of pregnancy. The surprise was correspondingly great when the fetus was discovered during an X-ray examination.
The case of the 82-year-old Colombian patient is a so-called lithopaedione (also a stone child), which can arise, for example, as part of an ectopic pregnancy. The fetus develops in an unsuitable place and dies after a few weeks. However, from a certain size, it can no longer be absorbed by the body in the normal way, so that it is encapsulated in a lime shell so that no bacteria can spread. The fetus petrified. So far, only a few cases of this clinical picture have been documented. The affected patient in Colombia should now be transferred to another clinic and then undergo surgical removal of the fetus to avoid possible further complications.
Second case in Colombia Although the lithopaedion is extremely rare, a corresponding case in Colombia has now been documented for the second time. For the first time in 2000, Colombian doctors discovered a lithopaedione in a 72-year-old woman who complained of severe abdominal pain. Surgical removal of the fetus was also performed here. (fp)
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