Neurological complications of pregnancy

Carmel Armon, Glenn R. Markenson

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Introduction Neurological complications of pregnancy are often encountered in the hospital setting and require prompt attention, since some are potentially life-threatening to the mother and the fetus. A team that includes obstetrical expertise, either from an obstetrician or a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, and a neurologist is best suited to manage these complications. Common disorders encountered in pregnant females that require hospitalization include worsening seizure disorders, preeclampsia/eclampsia, headaches and mononeuropathies. This chapter will focus on these acute neurological disorders. Issues regarding teratogenicity of all medications are beyond the scope of this review. These topics are addressed in detail elsewhere [, ], and ideally are addressed by the patient and her treating team before conception. However, we will comment on the safety of the antiepileptic medications. In order to illustrate the key issues of inpatient neurological complications involving pregnant patients we will provide brief clinical vignettes and then discuss the inpatient management options involved in these situations. Worsening seizure control in early pregnancy

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeurohospitalist Medicine
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780511736193
ISBN (Print)9780521172547
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


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