Impact of pregnancy on respiratory capacity in women with muscular dystrophy and kyphoscoliosis: A case report

Ronni Gamzu, Michael Shenhav, Ofer Fainaru, Benny Almog, Michael Kupferminc, Joseph B. Lessing

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Restriction of the chest wall in pregnancy prevents adaptive physiologic hyperventilation. This in turn might gradually promote respiratory insufficiency. CASE: Two consecutive pregnancies occurred in a woman with severe kyphoscoliosis due to juvenile muscular dystrophy. The patient died postpartum. CONCLUSION: Pregnancies with restrictive lung diseases, including severe scoliosis and kyphoscoliosis, should be considered high risk and thus should be monitored and managed carefully.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-56
Number of pages4
JournalThe Journal of reproductive medicine
Volume47
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Kyphoscoliosis
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Respiratory system
  • Scoliosis

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