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PLoS One. 2016 May 11;11(5):e0155299. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0155299. eCollection 2016.

Electroencephalography in Normotensive and Hypertensive Pregnancies and Subsequent Quality of Life.

Author information

1
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Division of Obstetrics and Prenatal Medicine, Erasmus MC, University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
2
Department of Haematology, Erasmus MC, University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
3
Department of Biostatistics, Erasmus MC, University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
4
Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Erasmus MC, University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
5
SEIN- Epilepsy Institute in the Netherlands, Heemstede, the Netherlands.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To compare electroencephalography (EEG) findings during pregnancy and postpartum in women with normotensive pregnancies and pregnancies complicated by hypertensive disorders. Also the health related quality of life postpartum was related to these EEG findings.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

An observational case-control study in a university hospital in the Netherlands. Twenty-nine normotensive and 58 hypertensive pregnant women were included. EEG's were recorded on several occasions during pregnancy and 6-8 weeks postpartum. Postpartum, the women filled out health related quality of life questionnaires. Main outcome measures were qualitative and quantitative assessments on EEG, multidimensional fatigue inventory, Short Form (36) Health Survey and EuroQoL visual analogue scale.

RESULTS:

In women with severe preeclampsia significantly lower alpha peak frequency, more delta and theta activity bilaterally and a higher EEG Sum Score were seen. Postpartum, these women showed impaired mental health, mental fatigue and social functioning, which could not be related to the EEG findings.

CONCLUSIONS:

Severe preeclamptic patients show more EEG abnormalities and have impaired mental wellbeing postpartum, but these findings are not correlated.

PMID:
27167513
PMCID:
PMC4864393
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0155299
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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