Medical professionals are often involved in the management of the pregnant patient without necessarily being experts on all the complications surrounding pregnancy. The Handbook of Obstetric Medicine addresses the most common and serious medical conditions encountered in pregnancy, including heart disease, thromboembolism, diabetes, skin problems, gastrointestinal disease, neurological problems, hormonal diseases, hypertension and pre-eclampsia, and more. For each condition, the handbook includes a description of incidence, clinical features, pathogenesis, diagnosis, the effect of pregnancy, and management of the condition. The book also includes a detailed section focusing on the differential diagnosis of common symptoms including hypertension, chest pain, palpitations, breathlessness, headaches, dizziness, abdominal pain, and more. The symptoms and differential diagnoses are presented in an easy-to-read tabular format and include a description of important clinical features and potential areas of investigation. For those clinicians understandably reluctant to prescribe drugs during pregnancy, a useful appendix includes a list of contraindicated drugs. In addition, to assist in the interpretation of laboratory tests, a second appendix lists normal laboratory values in pregnancy, broken down by trimester. The handbook uses a pragmatic and easy-to-use design by including tables, bullets, and "Points to remember" boxes for ease of reference. It is an essential on-the-spot guide for obstetricians, physicians, general practitioners, and midwives in both practice and training.
SYSTEMS Hypertension and Pre-Eclampsia Heart Disease Thromboembolic Disease Respiratory Disease Diabetes Mellitus Thyroid and Parathyroid Disease Pituitary and Adrenal Disease Connective Tissue Disease Neurological Problems Renal Disease Liver Disease Gastrointestinal Disease Skin Disease Haematological Problems Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Other Infectious Diseases Appendix 1 - Prescribing in Pregnancy Appendix 2 - Normal Laboratory Values in Pregnancy/Non-Pregnancy DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF MEDICAL PROBLEMS IN PREGNANCY Breathlessness Palpitations Chest Pain Heart Murmur Hypertension Abnormal Thyroid Function Tests Headache Seizures Dizziness Collapse Numbness Proteinuria Abnormal Renal Function/Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Pruritus Jaundice/Abnormal Liver Function Tests Vomiting Abdominal Pain