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Brain Tumors in Pregnancy 

Brain Tumors in Pregnancy
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Brain Tumors in Pregnancy
Author(s):

Chinazom Ibegbu

, and Nimish A. Mohile

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190667351.003.0018
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date: 22 September 2020

Approximately 79,000 people are diagnosed with a central nervous system (CNS) tumor each year, but only a few of these patients are pregnant women. There is no evidence that pregnancy confers an increased risk of developing a brain tumor and incidence during child-bearing years is estimated to be 12.24 per 100,000 women. The care and management of all patients with primary brain tumors can be challenging and requires a multidisciplinary team that includes neurologists, medical neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, radiation-oncologists, and palliative care physicians. In a pregnant patient, this multidisciplinary team should also include a high-risk obstetrician. This chapter provides a detailed care map for pregnant patients with brain tumors. All management decisions regarding the neoplasm must consider the health of the expectant mother, the health of the fetus, the neurological and medical complications due to the brain tumor, and the potential effect that the brain tumor has on the patient’s survival.

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