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Top 20 Obstetric and Gynecology Emergencies And How To Deal With It

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    Here we share 20 emergencies in obstetrics and gynaecology for doctors and how to deal with it.

    1. Ectopic Pregnancy

    • Presentation: Abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, amenorrhea, shoulder tip pain.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Positive pregnancy test.
      • Transvaginal ultrasound shows absence of intrauterine pregnancy.
      • Serum beta-hCG levels.
    • Management:
      • Hemodynamically stable: Methotrexate therapy.
      • Hemodynamically unstable or ruptured ectopic: Emergency surgical intervention (laparoscopy or laparotomy).
    2. Placental Abruption
    • Presentation: Sudden onset abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, uterine tenderness, fetal distress.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Clinical examination.
      • Ultrasound (may not always be definitive).
      • Monitoring fetal heart rate.
    • Management:
      • Stabilize mother with IV fluids and blood products.
      • Continuous fetal monitoring.
      • Immediate delivery if fetal distress or maternal instability (cesarean section often required).
    3. Pre-eclampsia/Eclampsia
    • Presentation: Hypertension, proteinuria, headache, visual disturbances, epigastric pain, seizures (eclampsia).
    • Diagnosis:
      • Blood pressure measurement.
      • Urine dipstick or 24-hour urine collection for protein.
      • Blood tests for liver function, platelets, and renal function.
    • Management:
      • Control blood pressure with antihypertensives (labetalol, hydralazine).
      • Magnesium sulfate for seizure prophylaxis.
      • Delivery of the baby is definitive treatment, timing based on gestational age and severity.
    4. Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH)
    • Presentation: Heavy vaginal bleeding after delivery, signs of hypovolemic shock.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Clinical assessment of blood loss.
      • Vital signs monitoring.
      • Hemoglobin/hematocrit levels.
    • Management:
      • Uterine massage.
      • Administer uterotonic drugs (oxytocin, misoprostol).
      • IV fluids and blood transfusions.
      • Surgical interventions (uterine artery ligation, hysterectomy) if conservative measures fail.
    5. Uterine Rupture
    • Presentation: Sudden severe abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, cessation of contractions, fetal distress.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Clinical suspicion based on symptoms.
      • Fetal heart rate monitoring.
      • Ultrasound may show free fluid in the abdomen.
    • Management:
      • Immediate surgical intervention (laparotomy) to repair the rupture and deliver the baby.
      • Resuscitation with IV fluids and blood products.
    6. Shoulder Dystocia
    • Presentation: Difficulty delivering the baby's shoulders after the head has emerged.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Clinical diagnosis during delivery.
    • Management:
      • McRoberts maneuver (hyperflexion of mother’s legs).
      • Suprapubic pressure.
      • Delivery of posterior arm.
      • Episiotomy if needed for additional room.
      • Consider Zavanelli maneuver (repositioning head back into uterus) for severe cases.
    7. Cord Prolapse
    • Presentation: Visualization or palpation of the umbilical cord in the vagina, variable decelerations on fetal heart monitor.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Clinical examination.
      • Fetal heart rate monitoring.
    • Management:
      • Immediate manual elevation of the presenting part to relieve pressure on the cord.
      • Emergency cesarean section.
      • Maintain cord moisture with saline-soaked gauze.
    8. Amniotic Fluid Embolism
    • Presentation: Sudden respiratory distress, hypotension, coagulopathy, seizures, cardiac arrest.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Clinical diagnosis based on rapid onset of symptoms.
      • Exclusion of other causes.
    • Management:
      • Immediate resuscitation (CPR if necessary).
      • Supportive care with oxygen, fluids, and blood products.
      • Intensive care unit admission.
    9. Severe Preterm Labor
    • Presentation: Regular contractions leading to cervical changes before 37 weeks gestation.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Clinical examination and monitoring of contractions.
      • Cervical assessment via ultrasound.
      • Fetal fibronectin test.
    • Management:
      • Tocolytics to delay labor (nifedipine, indomethacin).
      • Corticosteroids for fetal lung maturity.
      • Magnesium sulfate for neuroprotection.
      • Prepare for possible preterm delivery with neonatal intensive care involvement.
    10. Ovarian Torsion
    • Presentation: Sudden onset severe pelvic pain, nausea, vomiting, adnexal mass.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Pelvic ultrasound with Doppler to assess blood flow.
      • Clinical suspicion.
    • Management:
      • Surgical intervention (laparoscopy or laparotomy) to untwist or remove the ovary.
      • Pain management and stabilization.
    11. Hyperemesis Gravidarum
    • Presentation: Severe nausea and vomiting, dehydration, weight loss.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Clinical diagnosis based on symptoms.
      • Electrolyte panel and urinalysis for dehydration.
    • Management:
      • IV fluids and electrolyte replacement.
      • Antiemetic medications (ondansetron, metoclopramide).
      • Nutritional support, possibly including total parenteral nutrition.
    12. HELLP Syndrome
    • Presentation: Hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelet count, right upper quadrant pain, nausea, vomiting.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Blood tests showing hemolysis (elevated LDH), elevated liver enzymes (AST, ALT), and low platelets.
    • Management:
      • Stabilization with IV fluids and blood products as needed.
      • Magnesium sulfate for seizure prophylaxis.
      • Immediate delivery, usually via cesarean section.
    13. Uterine Inversion
    • Presentation: Sudden onset of vaginal bleeding, severe pelvic pain, visible or palpable uterine fundus at the introitus, signs of shock.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Clinical examination showing the inverted uterus.
      • Often occurs postpartum during or immediately after placental delivery.
    • Management:
      • Immediate manual replacement of the uterus into the pelvic cavity.
      • Use of uterine relaxants (e.g., nitroglycerin, terbutaline) may be necessary.
      • Administer uterotonic agents (e.g., oxytocin) once the uterus is repositioned to prevent recurrence.
      • IV fluids and blood transfusions for stabilization.
    14. Vaginal Bleeding in Early Pregnancy
    • Presentation: Vaginal bleeding with or without abdominal pain in the first trimester.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Pelvic examination.
      • Ultrasound to assess for intrauterine pregnancy and viability.
      • Serial beta-hCG levels.
    • Management:
      • Expectant management for threatened miscarriage.
      • Dilation and curettage (D&C) for incomplete or missed miscarriage.
      • Methotrexate or surgical management for ectopic pregnancy.
    15. Intrauterine Fetal Demise
    • Presentation: Absence of fetal movements, absence of fetal heart tones.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Ultrasound confirmation of absence of fetal heartbeat.
    • Management:
      • Psychological support for the patient.
      • Induction of labor for delivery.
      • Post-delivery investigation to determine cause (placental examination, autopsy).
    16. Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) Complications
    • Presentation: Polyhydramnios, macrosomia, neonatal hypoglycemia.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).
      • Ultrasound for fetal growth and amniotic fluid assessment.
    • Management:
      • Blood glucose monitoring and dietary management.
      • Insulin therapy if required.
      • Close fetal monitoring for complications.
    17. Chorioamnionitis
    • Presentation: Fever, uterine tenderness, foul-smelling amniotic fluid, maternal tachycardia, fetal tachycardia.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Clinical signs and symptoms.
      • Laboratory tests (elevated white blood cell count, positive amniotic fluid culture).
    • Management:
      • Broad-spectrum antibiotics.
      • Delivery of the baby, regardless of gestational age.
      • Supportive care for mother and neonate.
    18. Vasa Previa
    • Presentation: Painless vaginal bleeding, fetal heart rate abnormalities.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Ultrasound with color Doppler.
      • Clinical suspicion during labor.
    • Management:
      • Emergency cesarean section if diagnosed during labor.
      • Planned cesarean section before labor if diagnosed antenatally.
    19. Molar Pregnancy (Hydatidiform Mole)
    • Presentation: Vaginal bleeding, hyperemesis, rapid uterine enlargement, preeclampsia before 20 weeks.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Ultrasound showing "snowstorm" pattern.
      • Elevated beta-hCG levels.
    • Management:
      • Suction curettage to evacuate molar tissue.
      • Serial beta-hCG monitoring to ensure resolution.
      • Avoid pregnancy for 6-12 months and use reliable contraception.
    20. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
    • Presentation: Lower abdominal pain, fever, abnormal vaginal discharge, cervical motion tenderness.
    • Diagnosis:
      • Clinical examination.
      • Pelvic ultrasound if abscess suspected.
      • Laboratory tests (positive chlamydia or gonorrhea tests).
    • Management:
      • Broad-spectrum antibiotics (ceftriaxone, doxycycline, metronidazole).
      • Hospitalization for severe cases or if abscess is present.
      • Follow-up to ensure resolution and prevent complications.
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