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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 1

of 'Approach to acute abdominal pain in pregnant and postpartum women'

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Surgical gastrointestinal disorders during pregnancy.
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Parangi S, Levine D, Henry A, Isakovich N, Pories S
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Am J Surg. 2007;193(2):223.
 
All gastrointestinal (GI) disorders can present during pregnancy, and in fact 0.2% to 1.0% of all pregnant women require non-obstetrical general surgery. All of the clinical decision-making skills of the experienced surgeon must come into play in order to make the correct therapeutic decisions when evaluating the pregnant patient with a GI disorder that potentially requires surgery. While in general the principles of diagnosing and treating a pregnant woman with an acute surgical abdominal problem remain the same as those governing the treatment of the non-pregnant patient, some important differences are present and can pose problems. As a general rule the condition of the mother should always take priority because proper treatment of surgical diseases in the mother will usually benefit the fetus as well as the mother.
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Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. sparangi@bidmc.harvard.edu
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