Open Access Mini Review

Gestational Sac vs Pseudosac

Ayesha Ajmi*

Bolton Foundation NHS Trust, UK

Corresponding Author

Received Date: January 15, 2021;  Published Date: February 09, 2021

Mini Review

It is important to diagnose intrauterine pregnancy in the presence of empty gestational sac and not to confuse with pseudosac and avoid unnecessary investigations and follow up. Intrauterine gestational sac identification via ultrasonography has 97.6% specificity for the diagnosis of IUP, while the yolk sac visualization has 100% specificity [1].

Mean sac diameter (MSD) of 25mm without an embryo is indicative of pregnancy failure, while MSD between 16 and 25 mm without an embryo is suggestive of possible pregnancy failure.

Since the incidence of ectopic pregnancies is approximately 2%, a nonspecific intrauterine fluid collection with normal imaging of adnexa is more likely to represent an early intrauterine pregnancy.

Intradecidual sign – The intradecidual sign is the earliest US finding associated with an IUP. On TVUS, this sign typically can be seen at approximately 4.5 weeks of gestation, when the hCG is equal or greater than 1500 IU/L, and/or when the mean sac diameter (i.e., the average measurement of the sac obtained in three planes) is 3 mm or greater.

The intradecidual sign is a small round fluid collection surrounded by an echogenic rim. It is eccentrically located within the endometrial cavity and should deviate the endometrial lining. This structure and its echogenic rim represent the chorionic cavity, implanting chorionic villi, and associated decidual tissue.

The double decidual sac sign (DDSS) is defined as two concentric echogenic rings of tissue surrounding an intraendometrial fluid collection that impress upon the endometrial stripe in an early IUP. Conversely, in an EP, the decidual reaction presents as only a single echogenic ring around the endometrial fluid collection [2].

A recent systematic review and meta-analysis reported that the DDSS predicted an IUP with a sensitivity of 81.8% and specificity of 97.3%.

Features of Pseudosac

• Does not have an echogenic rim

• Tends to be located in the middle of the uterine cavity rather than embedded in the decidua

• Can change in shape during the scan

• May appear to be complex since it contains blood

When an obvious extrauterine pregnancy is not present, the ultrasonographic findings of an empty uterus, a pseudosac, an adnexal mass and/or free fluid have poor sensitivity for identifying a tubal pregnancy (Table 1).

Table 1:


Intrauterine fluid collections that do not demonstrate the DDSS cannot be labelled as pseudosac associated with EPs. Such sonographic findings require follow-up until pregnancy location can be determined conclusively.



Conflict of Interest

Author declare no conflict of interest.

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