Regular Article| Volume 13, ISSUE 1, P14-20, February 2003

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Acute abdomen and abdominal pain in pregnancy

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      Abdominal pain in pregnancy continues to pose a diagnostic and management challenge to the attending obstetrician. Many causes are specific to pregnancy but conditions affecting the non-pregnant woman can also complicate pregnancy. Identifying the cause is influenced by the anatomical and physiological changes of pregnancy. There will be a reluctance to employ abdominal X-rays and laparotomy but these reservations have to be re-evaluated when symptoms fail to settle.




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