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Outcomes of the patients diagnosed incidentally appendicitis during cesarean section

Mehmet Kulhan, Nur Gozde Kulhan, Umit Nayki, Cenk Nayki, Pasa Ulug, Nahit Ata, Hulya Toklucu
DOI: 10.5603/GP.a2017.0028
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Pubmed: 28397204
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Ginekol Pol 2017;88(3):147-150.

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Vol 88, No 3 (2017)
ORIGINAL PAPERS Obstetrics
Published online: 2017-03-31

Abstract

Objectives: Appendicitis is the most common condition leading to an intraabdominal operation for a non obstetric problem in pregnancy and diagnosis of appendicitis is complicated by the physiologic and anatomic changes that occur during pregnancy. Although a surgical procedure carries the risk of fetal loss or preterm delivery, delay in diagnosis also increases the risk of complications in both mother and fetus. In this report we present our experience and analyze clinical characteristic and the pregnancy outcomes of appendicitis diagnosed incidentally during cesarean in the third trimester.

Material and methods: The study population consisted of 23 pregnant women who were diagnosed incidentally with appendicitis during cesarean at Erzincan University Hospital between 2015 and 2016.

Results: Appendectomy was performed on 23 patients during a caesarean section performed for any reason. The mean dia-meter of appendix was 7.82 ± 1.85 mm. The mean operation time was 67.39 ± 18.94 SD and antibiotic therapy was given to all patients. Postoperative complications were noted in 4 (17.4%) patients. Wound infection was seen in 4 (17.4%) patients, the other 19 patients revealed no postoperative complications. The mean of APGAR score of newborns in the postoperative period was 8.26 ± 0.86 SD and no complications were observed in both mothers and newborns. Histopathology of the specimen confirmed acute appendicitis in 23 (100%) cases.

Conclusions: Acute appendicitis is a challenging diagnosis in the pregnant patient; however, early surgical intervention should be performed with any suspicion. The type of surgery depends on the surgeon’s preference and experience.

Abstract

Objectives: Appendicitis is the most common condition leading to an intraabdominal operation for a non obstetric problem in pregnancy and diagnosis of appendicitis is complicated by the physiologic and anatomic changes that occur during pregnancy. Although a surgical procedure carries the risk of fetal loss or preterm delivery, delay in diagnosis also increases the risk of complications in both mother and fetus. In this report we present our experience and analyze clinical characteristic and the pregnancy outcomes of appendicitis diagnosed incidentally during cesarean in the third trimester.

Material and methods: The study population consisted of 23 pregnant women who were diagnosed incidentally with appendicitis during cesarean at Erzincan University Hospital between 2015 and 2016.

Results: Appendectomy was performed on 23 patients during a caesarean section performed for any reason. The mean dia-meter of appendix was 7.82 ± 1.85 mm. The mean operation time was 67.39 ± 18.94 SD and antibiotic therapy was given to all patients. Postoperative complications were noted in 4 (17.4%) patients. Wound infection was seen in 4 (17.4%) patients, the other 19 patients revealed no postoperative complications. The mean of APGAR score of newborns in the postoperative period was 8.26 ± 0.86 SD and no complications were observed in both mothers and newborns. Histopathology of the specimen confirmed acute appendicitis in 23 (100%) cases.

Conclusions: Acute appendicitis is a challenging diagnosis in the pregnant patient; however, early surgical intervention should be performed with any suspicion. The type of surgery depends on the surgeon’s preference and experience.

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Keywords

appendicitis, postoperative complications, pregnancy, premature birth

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Title

Outcomes of the patients diagnosed incidentally appendicitis during cesarean section

Journal

Ginekologia Polska

Issue

Vol 88, No 3 (2017)

Article type

Research paper

Pages

147-150

Published online

2017-03-31

DOI

10.5603/GP.a2017.0028

Pubmed

28397204

Bibliographic record

Ginekol Pol 2017;88(3):147-150.

Keywords

appendicitis
postoperative complications
pregnancy
premature birth

Authors

Mehmet Kulhan
Nur Gozde Kulhan
Umit Nayki
Cenk Nayki
Pasa Ulug
Nahit Ata
Hulya Toklucu

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