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Vasc Med. 2015 Jun;20(3):256-65. doi: 10.1177/1358863X14567976. Epub 2015 Apr 2.

Postpartum reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome: review and analysis of the current data.

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1
Vascular Medicine, Minneapolis Heart Institute, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN, USA Nedaa.Skeik@allina.com.
2
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
3
Department of Pathology, Interventional Neuroradiology, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
4
Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
5
Internal Medicine, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Abstract

Postpartum reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (PPRCVS) is a rare but serious cause of headache that occurs in the early postpartum period. The rarity of this disorder has limited the current literature to single case reports and small, observational case series. The lack of familiarity with PPRCVS may contribute to mismanagement of these unique patients and lead to poor outcomes. To address current gaps in the understanding of PPRCVS, this review and data analysis characterizes the demographics, presentation, clinical course, management and prognosis of PPRCVS and provides a general review of the epidemiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis to assist clinicians who may care for patients with this rare disorder.

KEYWORDS:

cerebral artery; postpartum; vascular diseases; vasoconstriction

PMID:
25835347
DOI:
10.1177/1358863X14567976
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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