Published online by Cambridge University Press: 19 October 2004
Obstetric cholestasis (OC) is defined as pruritus of onset in pregnancy in association with abnormal liver function in the absence of any other identifiable liver pathology which resolves on delivery. It may be associated with adverse obstetric outcome and significant maternal morbidity. The significance of the disease has only recently been appreciated, and our understanding of its pathophysiology is in its infancy. This article will describe our current knowledge of the disease and critically review the interventions proposed to improve obstetric outcome and maternal morbidity.