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2007-11-18-15 Abdominal calcifications, idiopathic © Manson www.thefetus.net/
Abdominal calcifications, idiopathic 

Francois Manson, MD.

Fécamp, France;

 

Case report

We present two cases of an abdominal calcifications discovered at 22 weeks of pregnancy. In both cases, the findings were isolated and there were no signs of infectious diseases or cystic fibrosis (normal bowel appearance and good visualization of the gallbladder). The findings remained unchanged during the rest of the pregnancies. The screening for TORCH infections was negative in both cases. Because of the absence of other anomalies, amniocentesis was not performed, but the parents had been tested for the most frequent mutations and the results were negative. The two healthy neonates were born without any problems and so we concluded the prenatal findings as the idiopathic abdominal calcifications.

Case 1

Images 1, 2: 22 weeks; transverse abdominal views; the images show a stripe of linear calcifications located at the external border of the stomach.

 

Images 3, 4: 32 weeks; transverse abdominal views; the images show calcifications located at the periphery of the abdominal cavity.

 

Images 5, 6: 32 weeks; transverse abdominal views; normal appearance of the spleen (image 5) and gallbladder (image 6). 

 

Case 2

Images 7, 8: 22 weeks; the images show round calcification near the liver capsule (image 7 - sagittal section; image 8 - coronal section).

 

Images 9, 10: 22 weeks; transverse abdominal views; the image 9 shows a round calcification located at the periphery of the abdominal cavity near the stomach; the image 10 shows the normal appearance of the gallbladder. 

 

Images 11, 12: 28 weeks; sagittal (image 11) and transverse (image 12) abdominal views showing a round calcification located at the periphery of the abdominal cavity near the stomach and liver capsule.

 

 

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