Gestational intestinal obstruction: a case report and review of literature

Emmanuel Kalu, Elizabeth Sherriff, Mohamed Amer Alsibai, Mumtazuddin Haidar
Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2006, 274 (1): 60-2
Intestinal obstruction in pregnancy is rare and difficult to diagnose. Common causes of gestational intestinal obstruction include adhesions, volvulus, intussuscetion, carcinoma, hernia and appendicitis [3]. Abdominal pain is a common feature, but the displacement of abdominal organs as pregnancy progresses results in atypical location of the pain and hence delay in diagnosis. We report a case of intestinal obstruction at 33 weeks gestation in a woman with previous appendicectomy. Clinical suspicion of the presence of obstruction is required for prompt diagnosis and aggressive intervention, to minimise the morbidity and mortality of this rare complication of pregnancy.

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