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Twin pregnancy with complete hydatidiform mole and coexisting fetus following ovulation induction with a non-prescribed clomiphene citrate regimen: a case report

Sherif Abd-Elkarim Mohammed Shazly1*, Mohammed Khairy Ali1, Ahmed Yahia Abdel Badee1, Abu-bakr Abbas Alsokkary1, Mostafa Mohammed Khodary1 and Nehal Abd-Elkarim Mostafa2

Author Affiliations

1 Woman's Health Center, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt

2 Clinical Pathology Department, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt

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Journal of Medical Case Reports 2012, 6:95  doi:10.1186/1752-1947-6-95

Published: 3 April 2012



Twin pregnancy with complete hydatidiform mole represents a very rare obstetric problem. Management of such cases is always problematic because the possibility of fetal survival should always be weighed against the risk of complications of molar pregnancy.

Case presentation

A 34-year-old Caucasian woman presented to our center with mild vaginal bleeding. Our patient was 16 weeks pregnant after a seven-year period of primary infertility. She became pregnant following a non-prescribed regimen of clomiphene citrate extending from the second day to the 13th day of her last cycle. A transabdominal ultrasound examination revealed a twin pregnancy with complete hydatidiform mole and a coexisting fetus. Serum β human chorionic gonadotropin was falsely low as identified by serial dilution of the sample (the 'hook effect'). Our patient refused termination of pregnancy and she was hospitalized for strict observation and follow-up. Unfortunately, she developed an attack of severe vaginal bleeding and a hysterotomy was performed. The fetus died shortly after birth.


Twin pregnancy with complete hydatidiform mole represents a matter of controversy. We suggest that conservation should always be considered whenever tertiary care services and strict observation are available.