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June 28, 1965

Benign Jaundice of Pregnancy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and the Ottawa General Hospital.

JAMA. 1965;192(13):1164-1166. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080260052021

BENIGN JAUNDICE of pregnancy has been described in Europe, but reports from North America are rare. It is believed that the few reports from North America are due to a lack of general awareness of this entity. The purpose of this article is to present a typical case of the disease.

Report of a Case  The patient, a 19-year-old white primigravida, was admitted to the Ottawa General Hospital because of jaundice. This was recognized during a routine visit to the Pre-Natal Clinic two days previously. She was 30 weeks pregnant.On admission, she gave a history of "colds" for about two weeks characterized by a stuffy nose, cough, fever, and chills. There was no history of a sore throat. One week prior to admission she noticed that her stools were lighter than normal in color and about four days later, her urine became dark-colored. She complained of generalized pruritus for