Neurological diseases in pregnancy

Devaang Kevat, Lucy H Mackillop

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Abstract

Neurological diseases are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in pregnancy. The management of multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, myasthenia gravis, certain neuropathies and headache in pregnancy is described; the potentially life-threatening conditions of stroke and eclampsia are also discussed. Management of most neurological conditions is similar to outside of pregnancy, but special consideration should be given to delivery plans and the safety of medications antenatally and during breastfeeding. Pre-pregnancy counselling, regular review and effective communication among a multi-disciplinary team are key to optimising management and outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49 - 58
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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