What Are the Chances of Developing a Non-obstetric Abdominal Emergency During Pregnancy? What Risks Do Abdominal Emergencies Pose to the Developing Pregnancy?
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Abdominal pain during pregnancy can be related to pregnancy itself or may be entirely unrelated. Up to 1 in 500 pregnant women experience an acute abdomen, with 0.2–1% of women requiring surgery during pregnancy for a non-obstetric problem. The physiologic and anatomic changes occurring during pregnancy, as well as a hesitancy to perform radiographic studies, may make it difficult for clinicians to make a timely diagnosis. Delayed diagnosis can lead to increased maternal and fetal complications.
KeywordsAcute abdomen Pregnancy Appendicitis Cholecystitis Pyelonephritis
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