Neurology and Pregnancy
Edited by Michael S. Marsh, Lina Nashef, Peter Brex
CRC Press – 2012 – 280 pages
Pregnancy complicated by neurological disorders is a challenging area for both obstetricians and neurologists. Treatment of the maternal condition often needs to be adjusted because of concerns for the fetus, and some conditions have a major impact on the method, mode, and timing of delivery. Many of the clinical problems that arise in pregnant women with a neurological disease have not been the subject of clinical trials, so management must often be based on what published evidence is available and a good understanding of the likely interactions between the condition and pregnancy and vice versa.
The editors and contributors represent a team with considerable experience in this area. They offer their "best practice" advice as how to treat the mother effectively, ensuring fetal safety, as well as embracing a philosophy that the pregnancy of a woman with a neurological disease should be made as enjoyable and rewarding for her as is possible.
"This is a comprehensive book—almost to a fault. It would do better to reign in some of its ambition and focus on the topics that it covers quite well, namely, imaging and obstetrical issues involving neurological disease. Still, this is a solid add to an obstetrician's library and valuable source material for neurologists caring for pregnant patients."
—Doody's Review Service
Neurogenetics and pregnancy. Maternal Neuro-imaging in Pregnancy. Intra-uterine Imaging, Diagnosis, and Intervention in Neurological Disease. Drugs in Pregnancy: Anti-epileptic Drugs. Therapeutics and Breastfeeding A. Neuro-anaesthesia in Pregnancy B. Neurocritical Care for the Pregnant Woman C. Neurovascular Intervention during Pregnancy: Cerebral Aneurysms and Vascular Malformations. Analgesia in Labour. Psychiatric and Neuropsychiatric Disorders in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period. Ethical and Legal Issues. Eclampsia / Pre-eclampsia and Peripartum Convulsions. Blackouts Arising in Pregnancy. Management of Epilepsy. Headache in Pregnancy. Infections. Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. Stroke. Vascular Malformations of the Brain in Pregnancy. Pituitary Disease in Pregnancy. Neuro-oncology in Pregnancy. Movement disorders in Pregnancy. Multiple Sclerosis. Nutritional Deficiencies in Pregnancy. Spinal Disease and Pregnancy. Neurological Disability and Pregnancy. Peripheral Nerve Diseases. Muscle Disease Appendix: Useful Websites.
Michael Marsh, FRCOG, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, King’s College Hospital London, UK
Lina Nashef, FRCP, MD, MBChB, Department of Neurology, King’s College Hospital London, UK
Peter Brex, MRCP, Department of Neurology, King’s College Hospital London, UK