Given the acuity of possible outcomes, as well as the added clinical dimension of an unborn child, the pregnant patient can prove to be a challenge for the treating neurologist. As well, the postpartum period carries with it significant and unique neurologic risks. In this article, Dr. Adrian Marchidann of SUNY Downstate Medical Center reviews the common central neurologic complications seen in pregnancy and the postpartum period. The key presenting features of eclampsia are discussed as well as ischemic and hemorrhagic cerebrovascular events.
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