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Giant uterine artery pseudoaneurysm after a missed miscarriage termination in a cesarean scar pregnancy

Yun Mou1, Yuezhen Xu2, Ying Hu1 and Tianan Jiang1*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Ultrasound, the First Affiliated Hospital, College of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, P. R. China

2 Department of Ultrasound, Zhejiang Xinan Hospital, Jiaxing, P.R. China

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BMC Women's Health 2014, 14:89  doi:10.1186/1472-6874-14-89

Published: 29 July 2014



Uterine artery pseudoaneurysms are dangerous and can lead to severe hemorrhage. We report an uncommon cause of a giant pseudoaneurysm in a missed miscarriage in a woman with a cesarean scar pregnancy.

Case presentation

The patient was a 25-year-old Chinese woman with a missed miscarriage in a cesarean scar pregnancy. Curettage was performed under ultrasound monitoring. A uterine artery pseudoaneurysm measuring 71 × 44 × 39 mm was detected the next day by Doppler ultrasonography. While waiting for admittance to an advanced institution to undergo embolization treatment, the pseudoaneurysm ruptured spontaneously. The subsequent severe hemorrhage necessitated hysterectomy.


A delay in diagnosis of uterine artery pseudoaneurysms may result from a long period between the curettage and follow-up examination. Ultrasound and Doppler ultrasonography should be performed repeatedly at short intervals to rule out them, especially in cesarean scar pregnancies. For a giant uterine artery pseudoaneurysm, interventional embolization might be the first treatment choice. If time allows, intra-operative ligation of the feeding vessels should be attempted before any decision to perform a hysterectomy is made. However, hysterectomy remains a possibility when severe bleeding occurs.

Uterus; Pseudoaneurysm; Ultrasound; Missed miscarriage; Cesarean scar pregnancy