Nursing NUR201 Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Hepa, Miscarriage, Bacteriuria

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There are several gastrointestinal discomforts that a pregnant woman experiences, yet there are some symptoms that might indicate a worsening condition. Symptoms of appendicitis include nausea, abdominal discomfort, vomiting, and a sharp, peristaltic, lower right quadrant pain. Appendicitis pain grows more intense, as well as nausea and vomiting. The pain might be displaced up in the abdomen in a pregnant woman so that the pain might be mistaken as something from a gallbladder disease. The woman might have an elevated temperature and ketones in the urine. Advise the woman not to take food, liquid, or laxatives while waiting to be evaluated for possible appendicitis, because increasing peristalsis might rupture the inflamed appendix. If the woman is almost past 36 weeks and the fetus is mature, a cesarean birth may be performed and then the inflamed appendix would be removed. Appendicitis in early pregnancy can be removed by laparoscopy.

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