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Pregnant Women with Epilepsy May Benefit from More Vigilant Obstetrical Care

Sarah MacDonald, an epidemiology graduate student, and Thomas F. McElrath, MD, PhD, both of Harvard Medical School in Boston looked at data from the 2007 to 2011 Nationwide Inpatient Sample to compare delivery hospitalizations in women with vs. without epilepsy.

Although the absolute risk for maternal mortality was low, they found women with epilepsy are at a more than 10-fold higher risk for maternal death and are at increased risk for many adverse outcomes during pregnancy when compared with women who do not have the condition. In this video, MacDonald discusses these findings.

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