Imaging of neurologic complications associated with pregnancy

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1993 Apr;160(4):843-7. doi: 10.2214/ajr.160.4.8456677.


The occurrence of a neurologic event during pregnancy or the puerperium may have devastating consequences for mother and child. It is imperative that the radiologist be familiar with the entities likely to be encountered in pregnancy so that these patients can be examined rapidly and efficiently. The importance of early and accurate diagnostic imaging is underscored by the fact that most patients are otherwise young and healthy, and prompt institution of appropriate therapy can result in complete recovery. In this report, we illustrate some of the more common neurologic complications that occur during pregnancy and the immediate postpartum period.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain / pathology
  • Brain Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Brain Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / diagnosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / diagnostic imaging
  • Eclampsia / diagnosis
  • Eclampsia / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Embolism and Thrombosis / diagnosis
  • Intracranial Embolism and Thrombosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Pre-Eclampsia / diagnosis
  • Pre-Eclampsia / diagnostic imaging
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis*
  • Pregnancy Complications / diagnostic imaging
  • Pregnancy Complications, Neoplastic / diagnosis
  • Pregnancy Complications, Neoplastic / diagnostic imaging
  • Puerperal Disorders / diagnosis
  • Puerperal Disorders / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed