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Stroke/Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Pregnancy 

Stroke/Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Pregnancy
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Stroke/Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Pregnancy
Author(s):

Cristina Wood

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190226459.003.0055
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date: 23 February 2020

Death from neurological causes is a massive issue in maternal mortality, and the rate of deaths from neurological causes has remained essentially unchanged for the past thirty years. Two of the most common neurological causes of death are stroke and intracranial hemorrhage. These medical emergencies can be more challenging to diagnose and treat in the parturient. This is largely due to the physiologic changes that occur during pregnancy and in the postpartum period, but fetal considerations are also a factor. This chapter focuses on the pathophysiology, assessment, and management of stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage in pregnancy. A thorough understanding of each of these components is necessary to ensure appropriate and timely care delivery for optimal outcome in the setting of these neurologic emergencies.

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