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Safety and outcome of general surgical open and laparoscopic procedures during pregnancy.
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PMID:  21052721     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Surgical procedures during pregnancy carry the risk of adverse fetal outcome. We analyzed outcomes of open and laparoscopic approaches in patients treated for symptomatic cholelithiasis and suspected appendicitis. We reviewed the literature for evidence on the safety of both procedures.
METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the data of all patients who underwent surgery for symptomatic cholelithiasis and suspicion of appendicitis during pregnancy between January 2004 and March 2009. Fetal loss, preterm delivery, maternal outcome, and surgical complications were assessed.
RESULTS: Twenty patients were operated on during pregnancy: 5 of 652 (0.8%) patients with symptomatic cholelithiasis and 15 (4.5%) of 331 for suspected appendicitis. All cholecystectomies were performed by laparoscopic procedure; no premature deliveries or fetal death occurred. In patients with suspicion of appendicitis, three appendices sana were diagnosed laparoscopically, and nine laparoscopic appendectomies and three open appendectomies were performed. The outcome was two preterm deliveries and one fetal death.
CONCLUSION: Reviewing our results and the available literature, we believe that the outcome of surgery during pregnancy is not dictated by the type of procedure but by the type of disease. The gain for fetal outcome in the future most likely lies in the diagnostic pathway rather than the type of surgery.
J K de Bakker; L M Dijksman; S C Donkervoort
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-11-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Surgical endoscopy     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1432-2218     ISO Abbreviation:  Surg Endosc     Publication Date:  2011 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8806653     Medline TA:  Surg Endosc     Country:  Germany    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1574-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, Postbus 95500, 1090, HM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
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