Title

Pregnancy and dermatologic surgery

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology

Date

4-2006

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Analgesics; Anesthetics; Anti-Bacterial Agents; Dermatology; Female; Humans; Perioperative Care; Postoperative Care; Pregnancy; Pregnancy Complications; Skin Diseases

Disciplines

Dermatology | Maternal and Child Health | Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases | Women's Health

Abstract

The physiologic changes of pregnancy and risks to the fetus require attention during dermatologic surgery. Elective surgery should be performed in the second trimester or the postpartum period. Cosmetic work should occur after delivery to avoid hypertrophic or hyperpigmented scars. Skin preparatory agents and anesthetics may have fetal implications and should be chosen with care. Antibiotic selection for any infections must take into account possible maternal and fetal risks. Attention to detail and awareness of the changes in pregnancy should lead to safe surgery in the pregnant patient.

Comments

Citation: Sweeney SM, Maloney ME. Pregnancy and dermatologic surgery. Dermatol Clin. 2006 pr;24(2):205-14, vi. doi:10.1016/j.det.2006.01.011.

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