Background: Ruptured appendicitis in pregnancy is an advanced stage of appendicitis that imposes significant maternal and fetal morbidity; the best treatment for the obstetric patient in this situation is unclear.
Cases: In the first case, a nulliparous woman at 32 weeks of gestation presented with ruptured appendicitis. She was treated nonsurgically with intravenous antibiotics and had an uncomplicated vaginal delivery at term. In the second case, a nulliparous woman presented at 27 weeks of gestation with ruptured appendicitis and was treated nonsurgically with intravenous antibiotics. She had a recurrence of appendicitis at 32 weeks of gestation, and again was treated with medical management. She delivered a viable infant by cesarean at 34 weeks of gestation for breech presentation and preterm labor.
Conclusion: Similar to in the nonpregnant population, medical management of ruptured appendicitis in pregnancy may be a reasonable treatment option.