CONTINUUM: Lifelong Learning in Neurology:
doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000443842.18063.a9
Review Articles

Movement Disorders in Pregnancy

Miyasaki, Janis M. MD, MEd, FRCP, FAAN; AlDakheel, Amaal MD

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Abstract

Purpose of Review

This review discusses movement disorders that occur during pregnancy, the treatment of preexisting movement disorders, and the influence the pregnant state has on movement disorders symptoms, in order to guide clinicians in providing better counseling for female patients who are pregnant or considering pregnancy.

Recent Findings

Unique considerations for movement disorders during pregnancy include investigations and their safety during pregnancy and the impact of treatment on both the pregnant patient and her fetus.

Summary

The most common movement disorders arising in pregnancy are restless leg syndrome and chorea gravidarum. Preexisting movement disorders in women who become pregnant may also be seen.

Copyright © 2014 by the American Academy of Neurology.

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