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Peripheral Nerve Disease in Pregnancy


Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: June 2013 - Volume 56 - Issue 2 - p 382–388
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31828f260e
Neurologic Diseases in Pregnancy: An Overview

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.

Department of Neurology; Division of Women’s Neurology, Neurology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Supported by the Epilepsy Foundation of American and NIH 2U01-NS038455-11A1.

The author declares that there is nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Autumn Klein, MD, PhD, Division of Women's Neurology, Department of Neurology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, UPMC Presbyterian/Magee Women's Hospital of UPMC, Department of Neurology, 3471 Fifth Avenue Suite 811, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. E-mail:

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.