Intracranial haemorrhage in pregnancy

Jacob M. Fairhall, Marcus A Stoodley

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    Intracranial haemorrhage (ICH) is a rare, yet potentially devastating event in pregnancy. There is a risk of maternal mortality or morbidity and a significant risk to the unborn child. The risk of haemorrhage increases during the third trimester and is greatest during parturition and the puerperium. ICH can be extradural, subdural, subarachnoid or intraparenchymal. Causes of bleeding include trauma, arteriovenous malformations, aneurysms, preeclampsia/eclampsia and venous thrombosis. Urgent neurosurgical conditions generally outweigh obstetric considerations in management decisions, although anaesthetic and surgical modifications can be made to minimize adverse effects to the fetus.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)142-8
    Number of pages7
    JournalObstetric Medicine
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


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