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Epilepsy in pregnancy: an emergency care context

Hayes, Catherine and Graham, Yitka (2020) Epilepsy in pregnancy: an emergency care context. Journal of Paramedic Practice. ISSN 1759-1376

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Epilepsy is a heterogeneous neurological condition that manifests clinically in seizure, and diagnosis depends on seizure duration, frequency and characteristics. Seizures can lead to injury and poorly controlled epilepsy can cause sudden death. Women with epilepsy have a small but significant risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as antepartum and postpartum haemorrhaging, miscarriage, preterm birth or needing an induced birth or a caesarean section; two-thirds will not experience an increase in the severity or number of seizures during pregnancy. Paramedics should be aware that women with pre-eclampsia and eclampsia may have seizures, and that women may stop taking their anti-epileptic drugs or reduce dosage because of concerns over congenital malformation. Multidisciplinary care is essential for these women.

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Depositing User: Catherine Hayes


Item ID: 11356
ISSN: 1759-1376
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Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2019 14:26
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2020 10:45