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Stroke and Pregnancy: Clinical Presentation, Evaluation, Treatment, and Epidemiology

GREAR, KARRIE E. MD, PhD; BUSHNELL, CHERYL D. MD, MHS

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: June 2013 - Volume 56 - Issue 2 - p 350–359
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31828f25fa
Neurologic Diseases in Pregnancy: An Overview

Stroke is a neurological emergency that carries a risk of morbidity and mortality. Recent studies have shown that the incidence of stroke, although rare, is increasing in pregnant females. In this review, stroke and other vasculopathies in the pregnant and postpartum female are examined. A discussion of the symptoms and clinical presentation of stroke is provided and the current guideline for treatment of stroke in pregnancy. Finally, the data illustrating the recent increases in stroke incidence are outlined.

Department of Neurology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston Salem, North Carolina

C.D.B. is supported by NIH/NINDS K02 NS058760.

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Cheryl D. Bushnell, MD, MHS, Department of Neurology, WFBMC Stroke Center, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston Salem, NC. E-mail: cbushnel@wakehealth.edu

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.