20. Abdominal Pain and Jaundice

  1. David Vaughan,
  2. Neville Robinson,
  3. Nuala Lucas and
  4. Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

Published Online: 16 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323948.ch20

Handbook of Obstetric High Dependency Care

Handbook of Obstetric High Dependency Care

How to Cite

Vaughan, D., Robinson, N., Lucas, N. and Arulkumaran, S. (2010) Abdominal Pain and Jaundice, in Handbook of Obstetric High Dependency Care, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323948.ch20

Author Information

  1. Harrow and London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 22 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405178211

Online ISBN: 9781444323948



  • abdominal pain and jaundice;
  • early diagnosis, leading to best prognosis - differential diagnosis of abdominal pain in pregnancy;
  • women masking serious intra-abdominal pathology - and dual pathology;
  • obstetric causes of abdominal pain and severe pre-eclampsia/HELLP syndrome;
  • acute fatty liver of pregnancy (AFLP);
  • severe pre-eclampsia or HELLP syndrome - early diagnostic sign of disease severity, and abdominal pain;
  • acute polyhydramnios, sudden and rapid abdominal distension - generalised abdominal pain;
  • acute pyelonephritis - flank pain and chills or rigours;
  • abdominal pain investigations;
  • guidelines for treatment of patient - with abdominal pain


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Abdominal pain

  • Investigations

  • Management

  • Vomiting

  • Jaundice