Women's and Fetal Issues in Neurotoxicology

Amy Hessler

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Management of the pregnant patient with neurologic disease is challenging. Ideally, preconception planning can optimize the woman's neurologic condition before pregnancy. More than half of pregnancies are unplanned which makes careful consideration of medications vitally important. This article focuses on potential toxic risk to the fetus of medications deemed necessary to manage several common maternal neurologic issues: multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and headache during pregnancy and postpartum. It is important for the practitioner to have an understanding beyond the category system to understand the potential toxic risks to the infant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)897-912
Number of pages16
JournalNeurologic Clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2020

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  • Epilepsy
  • Headache
  • Lactation
  • Medication in pregnancy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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