Research Article on Post partum neurological complications
Looking beyond PRES and CVT- A Pictorial review
Women during pregnancy and postpartum state undergo various physiological, hemodynamic and hormonal changes which are essential to sustain the normal pregnancy. There has been an increase in overall average age of pregnancy with concomitant increased incidence of gestational hypertension and diabetes mellitus. Neurologic signs and symptoms in pregnant and postpartum women may be due to the exacerbation of a pre-existing medical condition, the initial manifestation of the aprimary central nervous system-related problem, or a neurologic problem unique to pregnancy and the postpartum period the most common being posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) and cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT). Howeverwith increasing incidence of post partum complications, the radiologist needs to beaware of various other cerebrovascular, neuroendocrine and metabolic complicationsthat manifest during this period.