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Appendicitis and Cholecystitis in Pregnancy

GILO, NORIDELLE B. MD; AMINI, DENNIS MD, MS; LANDY, HELAIN J. MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: December 2009 - Volume 52 - Issue 4 - pp 586-596
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181c11d10
Surgical Intervention in Pregnancy

Acute abdominal pain in pregnancy may be attributable to a broad range of nonobstetrical causes. The evaluation of an acute abdomen during pregnancy must include in the differential diagnosis appendicitis and cholecystitis, which are 2 of the most common reasons for nonobstetric surgical intervention in pregnancy. Both conditions may be associated with significant maternal and fetal morbidity and/or mortality. This study will provide a contemporary synopsis regarding the diagnosis and management of appendicitis and cholecystitis during pregnancy.

Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC

Correspondence: Helain J. Landy, MD, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Georgetown University Hospital, 3800 Reservoir Road, NW (3PHC), Washington, DC 20007-2113. E-mail: landyh@gunet.georgetown.edu

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.