MRI use in acute appendicitis in pregnancy
Acute appendicitis is the most common surgical emergency in pregnancy. The incidence of appendicitis in pregnancy was one in 766 births. The preoperative diagnosis was correct in 75% of the cases. Because of considerable fetal loss after appendectomy during pregnancy in the first and second trimester, surgeons decide to use diagnostic imaging to prove the diagnosis. The American College of Radiology (ACR) approves of MR imaging of the pregnant patient in any trimester, including the first. In this case -30 years old, pregnant 12 week gestation, present with right lower quadrant abdominal pain. Acute appendicitis is suspected, because of positive Romberg and ilio-psoas sign and high WBC and CRP. After MR imaging the diagnosis of acute appendicitis was proved together with intrauterine gestation.
Key words: ACUTE APPENDICITIS. MRI. PREGNANCY. FETAL LOSS