Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2010 Jun;23(2):80-9. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1254294.

Gastrointestinal Conditions during Pregnancy.

Author information

  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Abstract

Pregnancy causes anatomic and physiologic changes in the gastrointestinal tract. Pregnant women with intestinal disease such as Crohn disease or ulcerative colitis pose a management challenge in clinical diagnosis, radiologic evaluation, and treatment secondary to potential risk to the fetus. Heightened physician awareness on possible etiologies such as appendicitis, diverticulitis, and rarely colorectal cancer is required for rapid diagnosis and treatment to improve maternal/fetal outcome. A multidisciplinary approach to evaluation is a necessity because radiologic procedures and treatment medications commonly used in nonpregnant patients may have a potential harmful effect on the fetus. The authors review several gastrointestinal conditions encountered during pregnancy and address presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of each condition.

KEYWORDS:

Gastrointestinal; constipation; inflammatory bowel disease; pregnancy

PMID:
21629625
[PubMed]
PMCID:
PMC2967327
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, New York Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk