Lithopedion: A case report

N. Lachman, K. S. Satyapal, J. M. Kalideen, T. R. Moodley

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An 80-year-old Black, South African woman presented in the outpatient department with severe abdominal pain. Ultrasound examination revealed a large echogenic mass (20 × 20 cm) in the right upper quadrant. An abdominal x-ray demonstrated the skeleton of a fully developed extrauterine fetus. It is presumed from the patient's history that this fetus was present for at least 40 years. Radiography revealed a fetus shrouded in a mantle of calcification. The fetus was hyper-flexed with other signs of "intrauterine" death. Fetal dentition charts dated the fetus at 34 weeks, the epiphyses being obscured by extensive calcification. In addition to subcutaneous calcification there was extensive visceral and intracranial calcification. Clin. Anat. 14:52-54, 2001.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-54
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Anatomy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology


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