More than 1 million teenagers become pregnant every year in the United States. Nearly one-half of the pregnancies are carried to term, while a similar number end in abortion. In Michigan this amounts to approximately 34,000 teenage pregnancies (ages 15 to 19). These adolescent patients have a high incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Of the pregnant teens at Henry Ford Hospital. 60% present with one or more STDs. We discuss the case of a 13-year-old pregnant girl who presented at five weeks estimated gestation with gonorrhea, chlamydia, and appendiceal perforation, resulting in subsequent spontaneous abortion. Further discussion focuses on common STDs in pregnant adolescents.
Holloway, Ruby L. and Smith, Richard
"Adolescent Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Case Report,"
Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal
: Vol. 36
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.henryford.com/hfhmedjournal/vol36/iss4/17