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Handbook of Obstetric Medicine, Fifth Edition

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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

About the Author

Catherine Nelson-Piercy is a consultant obstetric physician at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in London. She is a professor of Obstetric Medicine at King's College London in the UK. She specialises in the care of women with medical problems in pregnancy. Dr. Nelson-Piercy runs special joint clinics for women with renal disease, cardiac, and rheumatic disorders in pregnancy and offers pre-pregnancy counselling for women with pre-existing medical problems and those with problems in previous pregnancies. Dr. Nelson-Piercy is the immediate past president of the International Society of Obstetric Medicine and editor- in-chief of the journal Obstetric Medicine. She is also an advisor to the British National Formulary for Drugs in pregnancy and in breastfeeding and has been involved in the development of several evidence-based National Guidelines.


"There are many books that claim to be a handbook and sometimes they are very slim volumes which are low on facts and information ... This book gets it just right and is a true handbook, easy to read, accessible and is not too large but packs in a lot of useful and relevant information ...[It] will help a number of clinicians in a large number of specialties-in essence anyone who needs to deal with a pregnant woman with a medical problem." -Dr. Harry Brown in Glycosmedia

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