Acute dystrophy of the liver. Disorders of the function of the liver, the organ that takes an active part in metabolic processes, are most noticeable in the form of jaundice, which develops with all the far-reaching forms of pregnancy toxicosis. However, sometimes jaundice, during pregnancy, has an independent value and is a form of toxicosis.
Symptoms and course:Jaundice can occur at any time during pregnancy, but most often develops in the first half. At first, icteric coloration can be seen on the sclera of the eyes, and later on throughout the body. It is accompanied by itching, especially facial skin, enlarged liver or its soreness. Jaundice can last for many weeks and even months, little disturbing the general condition of the patient. If it does not pass during pregnancy, it persists in the first days of the postpartum period.
Recognition:A pregnant woman with at least one of the symptoms indicating liver damage should be hospitalized immediately, as these phenomena may indicate secretive while proceeding more severe types of toxicosis of pregnancy. When making a diagnosis of pregnant jaundice, a non-febrile period of Botkin's disease, which is characterized by an acute onset of the disease, weakness, impaired bowel function (constipation, diarrhea), and vomiting, should be excluded. Botkin's disease and jaundice, complicating the pregnancy, can go into acute liver dystrophy.