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Appendectomy in pregnancy and postpartum: analysis of data from a large private hospital.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10763629     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Little research is found in the nursing literature regarding appendicitis in the pregnant patient. Appendicitis in pregnancy is associated with: perforation of the appendix, peritonitis, and increased fetal and maternal mortality and morbidity. Preterm labor and early delivery may further complicate the pregnancy. Advanced practice nurses may encounter pregnant women with abdominal pain who present in the primary care setting as well as in an obstetric office. Knowledge of signs and symptoms of appendicitis in pregnancy, potential complications, and outcomes is essential to nursing. Early recognition may decrease complications and improve outcomes. A 10-year chart review was performed at a large urban Midwestern hospital with a large obstetric department. Deliveries numbered more than 66,000 during the 10 years. A total of 42 cases of appendicitis during pregnancy and the 2 weeks following delivery was identified. The characteristics of the population as well as considerations for practice are discussed.
J D Nunnelee; R Musselman; S D Spaner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical excellence for nurse practitioners : the international journal of NPACE     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1085-2360     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Excell Nurse Pract     Publication Date:  1999 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-07-25     Completed Date:  2000-07-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9816180     Medline TA:  Clin Excell Nurse Pract     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  298-301     Citation Subset:  N    
University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Appendectomy / adverse effects,  statistics & numerical data*
Appendicitis / complications,  diagnosis,  surgery*
Hospitals, Private / statistics & numerical data
Medical Audit
Nurse Practitioners
Outcome Assessment (Health Care) / organization & administration
Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis,  surgery*
Pregnancy Outcome / epidemiology
Puerperal Disorders / diagnosis,  surgery*
Referral and Consultation
Retrospective Studies

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