Introduction

Lithopedion is an abnormality that occurs when a fetus dies during an ectopic or abdominal pregnancy. ‘Litho’ is the Greek prefix meaning stone, and ‘pedion’ is the greek suffix meaning child which translated to stone child. This “stone baby” is a rare occurrence. Only 300 known cases have been reported.

Early fetus calcification surgically removed from the womb.

This Wiki is here to introduce the rare condition known as a Lithopedion Pregnancy by covering the following questions:

  • What is a Lithopedion?
  • How is it different from normal pregnancy? Ectopic pregnancy?
  • How does a lithopedion pregnancy form?
  • What are the consequences of a lithopedion pregnancy?
  • Who is affected by this condition?
  • What are possible treatments?
  • Case studies of individuals who had lithopedion pregnancies.

Enjoy!

6 thoughts on “Introduction”

  1. Hi guys,
    Good job overall, but I do have a couple of suggestions:
    1. Under the ‘Biology Behind It’ – ‘Female Anatomy’ there is no entry. This subheading either needs to be removed or the content added.
    2. I noticed numerous typos throughout the articles.
    3. The ‘Technology of Today’ needs to be expanded – it didn’t seem to talk very much about today’s technology.
    Very interesting subject, I’ve never even heard of it before. I learned a lot!

    • Hello Wayne,

      Thank you so much for your feedback. We have since uploaded information into the ‘Female Anatomy’ section. Fixed typos, grammar, etc. And added significant more information in the ‘Technology of Today- Treatments’. Thank you very much!

      aagk

  2. Angela said:

    Hey guys,
    I had very similar suggestions to the ones by Wayne. I looked again after the changes were made and it is much better now! I did notice one thing, some pages use “lithopedion” while others use “lithopedian” just a minor spelling issue but since it is the main topic, thought I would point that out.

  3. Marcus said:

    This is a fascinating topic! Well chosen! This information is totally new to me and I learned a lot from your presentation. I am still a little confused as to HOW this happens. Is there a biochemical pathway? (Even if you just said the fetus’s tissues become infused with calcium) I remember you said that it sometimes prevents the mother from getting an infection. How so?

    So basically, I felt like there was not quite enough information on Lithopedion. I am sure that this is difficult because there is probably not very much information on the subject, however, if this is true I would have loved to hear you explain the difficulty. Or better yet, I would love to hear your conclusions and opinions as to why/how this occurs. You explained the necessary conditions very well and the astonishing results. Well done!

    P.S. DON’T FORGET to state objectives!!! Easy points!

    • Hello Marcus,

      There was most definitely a limitation in the amount of resource on the biochemistry behind lithopedion pregnancy. However, after some digging, I did find out some very interesting points behind why calcification occurs in other areas within the human body, and there is most definitely a possibly correlation as to how and why this process is possible. I have since added it to ‘Lithopedion Pregnancy’, I hope this is somewhat satisfactory to your curiosity! Thank you very much for the feedback, it’s greatly appreciated!

      AAGK

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