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Asian Journal of Medicine and Health, 2456-8414,Vol.: 5, Issue.: 4

Case Report

Gangrenous Gut in a Pregnant woman: A Case Report


Verner Orish1, Emmanuel Coomson2, Seth Fanyi3, Onyekachi Onyeabor4, Adekunle Sanyaolu5*, Chuku Okorie6 and Afolabi Antonio7

1Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho Volta Region, Ghana.

2Department of Family Medicine, Essam Government Hospital, Sekondi-Takoradi, Sekondi, Western Region, Ghana.

3Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jemima Crentsil Hospital, Sekondi-Takoradi, Sekondi, Western Region, Ghana.

4Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

5Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, Nigeria.

6Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey, USA.

7Department of Internal Medicine, Lloydminster Regional Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Article Information


(1) Maria Manuel Azevedo, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal.


(1) Anthony Olasinde, Federal Medical Centre, Nigeria.

(2) Andy Petroianu, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

(3) Ivanise Brito da Silva, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil.

Complete Peer review History: http://www.sciencedomain.org/review-history/19922


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 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. 

Keywords :

Intestinal gangrene; intestinal obstruction; fetal distress; abruption placentae; short bowel syndrome; electrolyte imbalance.

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DOI : 10.9734/AJMAH/2017/34594

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