Diagnosis and Management of Acute Pancreatitis in Pregnancy

Meagan Benson, Daphne Arena Goncharov, Sangeeta Jain

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Acute pancreatitis is rare in pregnancy; however, the associated morbidity and mortality make prompt diagnosis and appropriate management essential.1,2 Although most cases are mild and improve with limited interventions, severe cases require a multidisciplinary approach in a critical care setting. The main principles of management include identification of an etiology to guide therapy, fluid resuscitation, electrolyte repletion, early nutritional support, and pain management. Antibiotics are not indicated for prophylaxis and should be reserved for cases with a suspected infectious process. Surgical management is indicated in select cases. Management in pregnant patients has few differences which are outlined below.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-249
Number of pages13
JournalClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2023


  • acute pancreatitis
  • biliary disease
  • pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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