Non Obstetric Causes and Presentation of Acute Abdomen among the Pregnant Women.

  • Monoarul Haque Department of Community Nutrition, Bangladesh University of Health Sciences (BIHS), Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Farah Kamal Department of Community Medicine, Noakhali Medical College, Noakhali, Bangladesh.
  • Shahanaz Chowdhury Department of Community Medicine, Bangladesh University of Health Science, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Monir Uzzaman Department of Community Medicine, Bangladesh University of Health Science, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Itrat Aziz Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Keywords: Acute Abdomen, Aggravating and Relieving Factor, Epigastric Pain


Objective:To identify the non-obstetric causes and presentation of acute abdomen among pregnant women.Materials and methods:This was a cross sectional hospital-based study among 128 pregnant women by face to face interview using a semi-structured questionnaire. This study was conducted at the Gynecology & Obstetric Ward of 250 Bed General Hospital, Noakhali, Bangladesh, from January to August 2013. Data were analyzed by a software package used for statistical analysis (SPSS) version 11.5 (SPSS, Inc., Chicago, IL, USA).Mean age of participants was 25±4 years. Our findings showed that 81% were Muslim, 67% were lower middle income group, as well as 47% completed primary level of education. The results revealed that 28% had biliary ascariasis, 24% had peptic ulcer disease and 10% had lower urinary tract infection. We also found that 6% had acute pyelonephritis, 6% had acute gastroenteritis, 6% had acute cholecystitis, 6% had acute appendicitis, 2% had acute pancreatitis, 3% had choledocolithiasis, 2% had ovarian solid mass, 2% had twisted ovarian cyst, 4% had renal colic, and 1% had renal calculus. In non-obstetrical presentation of acute abdomen, the study found that 84% of respondents complained their pain lasting more than 24 hours. Besides, half of respondents felt pain in epigastrium and right hypochondrium. Cramping, prickling and aching type of pain were more, while 66% suffered from continuous pain. Our results also showed that 73% did not explain any aggravating factor and relieving factor, and the rest said food, fasting state and position change aggravated pain as well as relieved pain.Conclusion:The study concludes that precise diagnosis of the acute abdomen in pregnant women by continual updating of abdominal assessment knowledge, and clinical skills is necessary in the management of abdominal pain in obstetric settings.


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Haque M, Kamal F, Chowdhury S, Uzzaman M, Aziz I. Non Obstetric Causes and Presentation of Acute Abdomen among the Pregnant Women. J Fam Reprod Health. 8(3):117-22.
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