oa Central African Journal of Medicine - A case of prolonged pregnancy and a review of the literature on superfoetation in an endeavour to explain the phenomenon

Volume 2, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



(1) A case of a European woman, multipara 2, who had a pregnancy lasting 383 days, is presented. (2) The history suggested a second ovulation occurring 79 days after the last menstrual period with interruption of the pregnancy at that time; a second nidation occurring within a week of this date. (3) The phenomenon caused one to consider the rare case of superfoetation to account for the prolongation of pregnancy. (4) The literature on superfoetation has been studied, and criteria to meet the requirements of such a condition have been considered and discussed in relationship to the case. (5) It has been found impossible to submit this explanation of superfoetation to proof in the reported case. (6) In view of the dramatic conclusion of the pregnancy and a classical caesarian section being performed, it was possible to disprove a condition of bicornuate uterus.

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