Gangrenous Gut in a Pregnant Woman: A Case Report
Gangrene of the intestines is a rare complication in pregnancy. Intestinal obstruction and ischemic bowel diseases are common causes of gangrene of the intestines in pregnancy. Adhesion bands can cause intestinal obstruction while arterial occlusion, venous thrombosis, and vasculitis are some causes of ischemic bowel disease. We present a case of small intestinal gangrene in a 30-year-old woman in her third pregnancy, diagnosed during an emergency cesarean section with extensive gangrene of the ileum and jejunum caused by band formation at the illeo-caecal junction. This case, despite the unfortunate catastrophic outcome, highlights the subtle challenges of managing rare obstetric complication in resource-limited settings.
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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho Volta Region, Ghana.
Department of Family Medicine, Essam Government Hospital, Sekondi-Takoradi, Sekondi, Western Region, Ghana.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jemima Crentsil Hospital, Sekondi-Takoradi, Sekondi, Western Region, Ghana.
Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, Nigeria.
Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey, USA.
Department of Internal Medicine, Lloydminster Regional Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada.
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