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Neurol Clin. 1994 Nov;12(4):749-71.

Pregnancy, teratogenesis, and epilepsy.

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Oregon Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Portland.

Abstract

Women with epilepsy who are of childbearing age need to understand what the risks of pregnancy are. These women have a 33% risk of increased seizures, a twofold increase in risk of hemorrhage, eclampsia, premature labor, and an increased need for cesarean sections. Babies born to women with epilepsy face a higher risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, prematurity, developmental delay, and major malformations. Seizure control should be obtained without clinical toxicity. Monotherapy reduces the risk of adverse outcomes.

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7845341
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