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Gallbladder removal during pregnancy ups risk of preterm delivery

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Getting the gallbladder removed during may increase the risk of preterm delivery and hospital re-admissions among others, researchers said.

Also, women whose gallbladder has been removed during are more likely to experience longer hospital stays than those who delay the operation until after childbirth.

As pregnant women produce extra progesterone, the risk of development of increases. When these stones become problematic, causing extreme pain, a may recommend removal of gallbladder by performing cholecystectomy, a type of

But women who postponed cholecystectomy until after childbirth had better maternal outcomes.

"In light of these findings, whenever possible, women with during should wait as long as possible to let the baby mature before having cholecystectomy," said Henry A. Pitt, at in the US.

For the study, the researchers compared 403 pregnant women who underwent the operation within 90 days prior to childbirth with 17,490 women who had the procedure within three months after childbirth.

The findings, published in the Journal of of Surgeons, showed that maternal delivery outcomes, including and haemorrhage for the mother, and preterm delivery were significantly worse when cholecystectomy was done during pregnancy as opposed to postpartum.

is a potentially characterised by The rate for pregnant women who underwent cholecystectomy in the third trimester was one per cent higher than those who chose to wait until after childbirth.

Additionally, the haemorrhage and preterm delivery rates for women who had the cholecystectomy during pregnancy was three per cent and 12 per cent higher, respectively.

Also, women who underwent the operation during the third trimester were twice as likely to deliver a preterm baby and almost twice as likely to have abnormal maternal outcomes.

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 15:46 IST
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