2000-06-08-17 Hepatic capsule calcification, idiopathic © Duchatel www.thefetus.net/
Hepatic capsule calcification, idiopathic
Francois Duchatel MD
This 30-year-old, gravida 3, para 2, is referred at 35 weeks for “abdominal calcifications”.
A PUBS and an amniocentesis were performed: with the following results:
The fetus is well and there is no other abnormality The delivery occured at 39.5 weeks, vaginally. The baby girl, was well and alive, 3280 grs, Apgar 10/10, meconium +. No infectious disease found, no problems on physical examination, the abdominal X-ray shows diffuse calcifications as found on the sonograms. The baby and her mother were discharged on day 4 without any problem.
No explanations were found for the calcifications.
(Note from Philippe Jeanty: We had a similar case a few years ago, in a nurse who was self prescribing large amount of calcium and vitamin D to compensate for her allergy to milk. After stopping the calcification became less visible but were still visible after delivery on a plain film of the abdomen)