• 1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
PMID: 10789262


An acute abdomen in pregnancy can be caused by pregnancy itself, be predisposed to by pregnancy or be the result of a purely incidental cause. These various conditions are discussed. The obstetrician often has a difficult task in diagnosing and managing the acute abdomen in pregnancy. The clinical evaluation is generally confounded by the various anatomical and physiological changes occurring in pregnancy itself. Clinical examination is further hampered by the gravid uterus. The general reluctance to use conventional X-rays because of the pregnancy should be set aside when faced with the seriously ill mother. A reluctance to operate during pregnancy adds unnecessary delay, which increases morbidity for both mother and fetus. Such mistakes should be avoided as prompt diagnosis and appropriate therapy are crucial. A general approach to acute abdominal conditions in pregnancy is to manage these problems regardless of the pregnancy.

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