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CONTINUUM: Lifelong Learning in Neurology:
doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000443839.02884.bb
Review Articles

Peripheral Neuropathies in Pregnancy

Massey, E. Wayne MD, FAAN; Guidon, Amanda C. MD

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Abstract

Purpose of Review

This article provides an overview of the most common peripheral neuropathic disorders in pregnancy with a focus on clinical recognition, diagnosis, and treatment.

Recent Findings

The literature on this topic consists primarily of case reports, case series, and retrospective reviews. Recent work, particularly in carpal tunnel syndrome, brachial neuritis, and inherited neuropathies in pregnancy, has added to our knowledge of this field. Awareness of diabetic polyneuropathy with associated autonomic dysfunction in pregnancy has grown as the incidence of diabetes mellitus increases in women of childbearing age.

Summary

Women may develop mononeuropathy, plexopathy, radiculopathy, or polyneuropathy during pregnancy or postpartum. Pregnancy often influences consideration of etiology, treatment, and prognosis. In women of childbearing age with known acquired or genetic neuromuscular disorders, pregnancy should be anticipated and appropriate counseling provided. An interdisciplinary approach with other medical specialties is often necessary.

Copyright © 2014 by the American Academy of Neurology.

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