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Cranial neuroimaging in pregnancy and the post-partum period

Authors
Journal
Clinical Radiology
0009-9260
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
68
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.crad.2012.08.024
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Several diverse neurological conditions may be seen during pregnancy and the post partum period. These usually require neuroimaging for definitive diagnosis and range from a predisposition to neurovascular abnormalities, such as acute ischaemic stroke and cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, through to more specific pregnancy-related conditions, such as eclampsia/posterior reversible leukoencephalopathy and post-partum angiopathy. Additionally, the pregnant patient is predisposed to pituitary disease. It is necessary that the radiologist has an awareness of these conditions to allow swift specific diagnoses or suggest the most appropriate diagnosis when imaging findings are non-specific. We describe epidemiological and radiological features to allow the radiologist to guide the clinician in management, and review guidelines for safe cranial imaging of the pregnant patient.

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