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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31828f260e
Neurologic Diseases in Pregnancy: An Overview

Peripheral Nerve Disease in Pregnancy

KLEIN, AUTUMN MD, PhD

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Abstract

Neuropathies during pregnancy and the postpartum period are common and are usually due to compression around pregnancy and childbirth. The most common peripheral neuropathies are Bell’s palsy, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), and lower extremity neuropathies. Although most neuropathies are usually reversible, associated disabilities or morbidities can limit functioning and require therapy. Nerve conduction study tests and imaging should only be considered if symptoms are unusual or prolonged. Some neuropathies may be associated with preeclampsia or an inherent underlying neuropathy that increases the risk of nerve injury. All neuropathies in pregnancy should be followed as some may be persistent and require follow-up.

© 2013, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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