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Calabash Pregnancy: A Malingering Response to Infertility Complicated by Domestic Violence



This is a case report of a 20-year old para 0+0 who presented with an 11-month pregnancy. On evaluation, the pregnancy was found to be a fake made-up ‘calabash pregnancy’. There were no pregnancy symptoms and she had just menstruated three weeks prior to presentation. This was a deliberate event in response to delayed pregnancy attainment complicated by domestic violence. Domestic violence was in the form of verbal and physical abuse and later was on a monthly basis precipitated by onset of her menstrual flow. The patient’s age, monogamous union and the fact that she is an orphan made her vulnerable to domestic violence.


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e-Published: 19 Aug, 2013
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