The rare case of a woman who grew a baby inside her liver went viral after doctors shared details of the case on TikTok.
Woman goes viral after she discovered a baby growing inside her liver
Pediatrician Michael Narvey, of the Children’s Hospital Research Institute in Manitoba, Canada, explained, “I thought I had seen it all [until] a 33-year-old woman came in with a 14-day history of menstrual bleeding and 49 days since her last menstrual period.
“What they found in her liver was this: a baby. She had an ectopic pregnancy in her liver. We see these sometimes in the abdomen but never in the liver. This is the first time I’ve seen this.”
The video about the medical case has had nearly seven million views on the social media platform.
Dr. Karan Raj, another physician on the platform who has 236 million followers, also shared a case history.
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♬ original sound – Dr Michael Narvey
He spoke of “one of the scariest CT scans I’ve ever seen: a 27-year-old woman with a healthy 2-week-old fetus in the right lobe of her liver.”
He said that so-called hepatic ectopic pregnancies are so rare that “there are only a handful of documented cases in the books.”
He added that “the liver is a highly vascularized structure, so any compressive force exerted on it could result in massive internal bleeding.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, an ectopic pregnancy occurs “when a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus.”
It most often occurs “in a fallopian tube, which transports eggs from the ovaries to the uterus.”
The Mayo Clinic also says that such pregnancies may not “proceed normally” and that “the fertilized egg cannot survive, and the growing tissue can cause bleeding that can be life-threatening if left untreated.”
An ectopic pregnancy can also take place in “the ovary, abdominal cavity or lower uterus.”