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Neurological complication during pregnancy, delivery and puerperium requiring intensive therapy management

  • Andreja Möller Petrun1,2,*,
  • Jasna Selinsek1
  • Dusan Mekis1,2

1Department of anaesthesiology, intensive therapy and pain management, University Medical Centre Maribor, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia

2Faculty of Medicine, University of Maribor, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2023.120 Vol.20,Issue 1,January 2024 pp.17-25

Submitted: 31 May 2023 Accepted: 22 August 2023

Published: 08 January 2024

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Obstetric Anaesthesia)

*Corresponding Author(s): Andreja Möller Petrun E-mail: andreja@moellerpetrun.net

Abstract

Neurological complications during pregnancy, delivery and puerperium are relatively rare, but can lead to serious consequences and life-threatening situations. Clinical symptoms such as headache, weakness, seizures, sudden neurological deficits, or decreased level of consciousness should be the reasons for a prompt and careful consideration and neuroimaging to confirm the diagnosis and initiate treatment. In this article, we aim to describe the diseases and clinical situations that may manifest as neurological symptoms during pregnancy, delivery and puerperium. We also provide a more comprehensive descriptions of certain pregnancy-specific diseases and latest findings in literature and improvement in diagnostic approaches and treatment. Our primary objective is to emphasise the urgent need for prompt and accurate diagnosis and treatment in order to prevent life-threatening situations, not only for the mother, but also for the baby.


Keywords

Pregnancy; Neurological complication; Headache; Seizures; Stroke; Preeclampsia; Eclampsia; Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome; Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome; Cerebral venous thrombosis


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Andreja Möller Petrun,Jasna Selinsek,Dusan Mekis. Neurological complication during pregnancy, delivery and puerperium requiring intensive therapy management. Signa Vitae. 2024. 20(1);17-25.

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