Acute degeneration of the liver. Disorders of the liver - the organ that takes the most active part in metabolic processes, most clearly manifested in the form of jaundice, which develops in all advanced forms of toxicosis of pregnancy. However, sometimes jaundice has an independent meaning during pregnancy and is one of the forms of toxicosis.
Symptoms and course:Jaundice can occur at any time during pregnancy, but most often develops in its first half. First, the icteric coloration can be seen on the sclera of the eyes, and later on all over the body. Accompanied by itching, first of all the skin of the face, an enlarged liver or its soreness. Jaundice can last for weeks or even months, disrupting the patient’s general condition a little. If it does not pass during pregnancy, it is preserved in the first days of the postpartum period.
Recognition:A pregnant woman who has at least one of the symptoms that indicate liver damage should be immediately hospitalized, because these phenomena may indicate covertly while proceeding more severe types of toxicosis of pregnancy. When making a diagnosis - jaundice of pregnant women - it is necessary to exclude the fever-free period of Botkin's disease, which is characterized by acute onset of the disease, weakness, bowel function disorder (constipation, diarrhea), vomiting. Botkin's disease and jaundice, complicating the pregnancy, can turn into acute liver dystrophy.