Acute pancreatitis during pregnancy, 7-year experience of a terciary referral center

Ramón Vilallonga, Aránzazu Calero-Lillo, Ramón Charco, Joaquim Balsells

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Acute pancreatitis is a common cause of acute abdomen in pregnant women. The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency at our institution and its management and outcomes. Methods: A retrospective analysis of a database of cases presented in 7 consecutive years at a tertiary center was performed. Results: Between December 2002 and August 2009, there were 19 cases of acute pancreatitis in pregnant women, 85% with a biliary etiology. The highest frequency was in the third trimester of pregnancy (62.5% cases). In cases of gallstone pancreatitis, 43.6% of pregnant women had had previous episodes before pregnancy. A total of 52.6% of the patients were readmitted for a recurrent episode of pancreatitis during their pregnancy. Overall, 26.3% of the patients received antibiotic treatment and 26.3% parenteral nutrition. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy was performed during the 2nd trimester in two patients (10.5%). There was no significant maternal morbidity. Conclusion: Acute pancreatitis in pregnant women usually has a benign course with proper treatment. In cases of biliary origin, it appears that a surgical approach is suitable during the second trimester of pregnancy. © 2013 AEC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468-471
JournalCirugia Espanola
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Management
  • Pregnancy


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