oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Intra-uterine stab wound of foetus

Volume 6, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



A case of a foetus sustaining stab wound while in utero is reported. It is suggested-(1) That the wound had little chance to heal whilst the foetus lay in utero bathed in liquor and with its knees flexed, thus causing the wound to gape more. The total time from the date the wound was inflicted to the date the baby was delivered was 46 days. (2) That, as twice recorded in the ante-natal clinic, the position of the foetus was vertex left occipito-anterior; the limb most likely to suffer injury would be the right one. A review of limited literature reports no such injury to a foetus.

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