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A 27-Year-Old Woman with Epilepsy Planning for Pregnancy

P. Emanuela Voinescu

in Women's Neurology

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Published in print April 2017 | ISBN: 9780190609917
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190609948 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780190609917.003.0028

Series: What Do I Do Now

A 27-Year-Old Woman with Epilepsy Planning for Pregnancy

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Treatment for women with epilepsy (WWE) of childbearing age should be cautiously selected, given that the benefits of treatment during potential future pregnancies have to be weighed against the adverse effects on the developing fetus. The number of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) has increased significantly in the last 20 years, and remarkable progress has been made in characterizing their teratogenicity, adverse neonatal outcomes, and neurodevelopmental problems. Not only the AED choice, but the number of AEDs used and their dose are also important. This chapter aims to introduce some of the basic guidelines for preconception counseling.

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Subjects: Neurology ; Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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