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Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey:
CME PROGRAM: Category 1 CME Review Articles 31, 32, And 33

Irreversible Maternal Brain Injury During Pregnancy: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Feldman, Deborah M. MD*; Borgida, Adam F. MD†; Rodis, John F. MD‡; Campbell, Winston A. MD‡

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Maternal brain death or massive injury leading to persistent vegetative state during pregnancy is a rare event. Since 1979, 11 cases, including the current one, of irreversible maternal brain damage in pregnancy have been reported. In all but one, the pregnancies were prolonged with a goal of achieving delivery of a viable infant. Current advances in medicine and critical care enable today’s physician to offer prolonged life-support to maximize the chances for survival in the neonate whose mother is technically brain dead. We present a case at our institution and review all previously published cases in the English literature for comparison as well as make management recommendations.

Target Audience: Obstetrics & Gynecologists, Family Physicians

© 2000 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


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