Cesarean section in women with MS: A choice or a need?

Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2020 Feb:38:101867. doi: 10.1016/j.msard.2019.101867. Epub 2019 Nov 23.


A multidisciplinary approach is needed for the management of pregnancy related issues in women affected by Multiple Sclerosis, however little attention has been devoted to the modality of delivery. Here we aimed to investigate whether the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) influences delivery modality in MS patients. Patients who received the diagnosis before pregnancy showed a lower frequency of natural delivery and a higher frequency of both planned and urgency caesarean sections. Gestational weeks and birth weight were lower in MS patients when compared with healthy subjects. The diagnosis of MS may drive the decision of the gynaecologist to perform a caesarean delivery.

Keywords: Childbirth; Delivery modality; Multiple sclerosis; Obstetric risk; Pregnancy; cesarean section.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Birth Weight / physiology
  • Cesarean Section / standards*
  • Female
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Multiple Sclerosis*
  • Obstetric Labor Complications / surgery*
  • Pregnancy
  • Process Assessment, Health Care*
  • Retrospective Studies