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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 327836, 3 pages
Case Report

A Foreign Body in the Cervix after Spontaneous Abortion: A Rare Case of a Traumatic Fetal Decapitation

1Eastern Virginia Medical School, 604 Fairfax Avenue Norfolk, VA 23507, USA
2Department of Emergency Medicine, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, 11100 Euclid Avenue Bolwell 3700, Mailstop BHC5064, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA

Received 4 June 2014; Accepted 24 July 2014; Published 10 August 2014

Academic Editor: Aristomenis K. Exadaktylos

Copyright © 2014 Danielle Holland and Johnathan Sheele. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Although incomplete spontaneous abortions are common in early pregnancy, fetal decapitation does not specifically appear in the medical literature as a known complication of spontaneous abortion. We present a rare and unusual case of an incomplete spontaneous abortion occurring at home with the mother presenting to the emergency department (ED) with a decapitated fetus and a retained fetal head in the cervical os.