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Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 2018 Aug;28(3):419-433. doi: 10.1016/j.nic.2018.03.005.

Emergent Neuroimaging During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period.

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1
Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Yale Diagnostic Radiology, Yale School of Medicine, 20 York Street, PO Box 208042, New Haven, CT 06520-8042, USA.
2
Department of Medical Sciences, Frank H Netter MD School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University, 275 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518-1905, USA.
3
Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Yale Diagnostic Radiology, Yale School of Medicine, 20 York Street, PO Box 208042, New Haven, CT 06520-8042, USA. Electronic address: william.zucconi@yale.edu.

Abstract

Acute neurologic emergencies in pregnancy often require neuroimaging to guide diagnosis and treatment. Implementation of a patient-centered care model in radiology can alleviate a patient's stress, reinforce appropriate imaging workup, improve patient satisfaction, and lead to improved outcomes. The authors present the evaluation, differential diagnosis, and recommended imaging protocols for the three most common acute neurologic symptoms in pregnancy and the postpartum period: headache, seizure, and focal neurologic deficits. With the patient's symptoms as a reference point, the referring physician in consultation with the radiologist can effectively implement the optimal imaging procedures.

KEYWORDS:

Emergency neuroradiology; Patient-centered imaging; Postpartum; Pregnancy

PMID:
30007753
DOI:
10.1016/j.nic.2018.03.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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