Background/objective: Acute appendicitis is the most common non-obstetric surgical procedure in pregnant women. Using two large-scale nationwide population-based datasets, this study aimed to assess the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes between mothers with and without appendicitis in Taiwan. Methods: This study used two nationwide population-based datasets: the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Dataset and the Taiwan national birth certificate registry. This study included 908 women who had live singleton births and who had been hospitalized with a diagnosis of acute appendicitis, and another randomly selected 4,540 women as a comparison group. Conditional logistic regression analyses were performed to calculate the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes including low birth weight (LBW), preterm birth, small for gestational age (SGA), cesarean section (CS), congenital anomalies, Apgar scores at 5 min (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1204-1211
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • Acute appendicitis
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology


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