Acute Pancreatitis in a Pregnant Patient With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Obstet Gynecol. 2021 Mar 1;137(3):431-433. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004287.


Background: Pregnant women with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection are at risk for a variety of COVID-19 complications.

Case: We report a case of acute pancreatitis in a pregnant patient hospitalized for COVID-19 pneumonia. Comprehensive evaluation ruled out other etiologies of acute pancreatitis. Preterm labor developed at 33 5/7 weeks of gestation, and the patient delivered a liveborn male neonate; neonatal severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) screening was negative. The patient improved significantly postpartum and was discharged home on postpartum day 3.

Conclusion: Coronavirus disease 2019 may present in pregnancy with a myriad of clinical symptoms other than respiratory. Acute pancreatitis represents an infrequent complication of primary COVID-19 infection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 / diagnosis*
  • COVID-19 / therapy
  • COVID-19 Testing
  • Female
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Pancreatitis / etiology*
  • Pancreatitis / therapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / diagnosis*
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / therapy
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Premature Birth
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Young Adult