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Magnetic resonance imaging of acute abdominal and pelvic pain in pregnancy.
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PMID:  25099561     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Evaluation of acute abdominal and pelvic pain in pregnancy presents a diagnostic challenge for clinicians and radiologists alike. The differential diagnosis includes obstetric and nonobstetric conditions unique to pregnancy, in addition to causes of acute abdominal and pelvic pain unrelated to the pregnancy. The clinical presentation and course of disease may be altered in pregnancy, and several pathologies are exacerbated by pregnancy. Discriminating clinical features in the diagnosis of abdominal and pelvic pain are often confounded by expected anatomic and physiologic changes in pregnancy. Moreover, while diagnostic pathways may be altered in pregnancy, the necessity for a timely and accurate diagnosis must be underscored, as delay in treatment may result in an undesirable increase in morbidity and/or mortality for both the patient and fetus. Advances in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) through faster acquisition and motion-insensitive techniques, coupled with increased awareness and education regarding the value of MRI in diagnosing a wide range of pathology, have established MRI as a valuable strategy in the investigation of acute abdominal and pelvic pain in the pregnant patient. This review presents a practical approach to common obstetric and nonobstetric causes of acute abdominal and pelvic pain during pregnancy, as well as safety considerations for performing MRI in this patient population.
Elizabeth A Furey; April A Bailey; Ivan Pedrosa
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Topics in magnetic resonance imaging : TMRI     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1536-1004     ISO Abbreviation:  Top Magn Reson Imaging     Publication Date:  2014 Aug 
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Created Date:  2014-08-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8913523     Medline TA:  Top Magn Reson Imaging     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  225-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
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