Appendicitis complicating pregnancy

F. G. Cunningham, J. H. McCubbin

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Thirty four pregnant women who presented with acute appendicitis over a 15 yr period are reported. Abdominal pain, usually accompanied by nausea with or without vomiting, was the most common presenting symptom. Anorexia was less constant, and its occurrence decreased with advancing gestation. Physical findings usually included direct abdominal tenderness and, less often, rebound tenderness. Leukocytosis and/or a 'left shift' were common laboratory findings, and the urinalysis was normal in most cases. Diagnosis was increasingly difficult as gestation progressed. This was reflected by the increasing severity of the disease process found at surgery and by increasing fetal loss. If the diagnosis of appendicitis is suspected in the gravid patient, immediate surgical intervention is indicated to prevent the catastrophic complications associated with procrastination in diagnosis and treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-420
Number of pages6
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Volume45
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1975

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Appendicitis
Pregnancy
Urinalysis
Leukocytosis
Anorexia
Nausea
Abdominal Pain
Vomiting
Pregnant Women
Therapeutics

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Appendicitis complicating pregnancy. / Cunningham, F. G.; McCubbin, J. H.

In: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 45, No. 4, 1975, p. 415-420.

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Cunningham, FG & McCubbin, JH 1975, 'Appendicitis complicating pregnancy', Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 415-420.
Cunningham, F. G. ; McCubbin, J. H. / Appendicitis complicating pregnancy. In: Obstetrics and Gynecology. 1975 ; Vol. 45, No. 4. pp. 415-420.
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