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Acute appendicitis in pregnancy: a diagnostic and management challenge

Zainuddin, Zainur Rashid and Aznal, Suhaila and Md Nor, Azmi (2014) Acute appendicitis in pregnancy: a diagnostic and management challenge. International Medical Journal Malaysia, 13 (1). pp. 77-80. ISSN 1823-4631

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Abstract

Acute appendicitis is the most common extra-uterine surgical emergency encountered during pregnancy, but an accurate diagnosis is still an enigma. Anatomical shifting of the appendix by the enlarging uterus makes the clinical and sonographic diagnosis difficult. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent perforation, which increases the risk of fetal and maternal death. Surgical intervention, either by an open laparotomy or laparoscopy is the most appropriate treatment for appendicitis. This article reviews the epidemiology, clinical diagnosis, investigation, complications and treatment of acute appendicitis in pregnancy.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3011/58122
Uncontrolled Keywords: Appendicitis, pregnancy, epidemiology, diagnosis, investigation, treatment
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine
Depositing User: Prof Dr Azmi Md Nor
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2017 09:53
Last Modified: 05 May 2018 13:06
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/58122

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