Cerebral magnetic resonance angiographic findings in severe preeclampsia

Gynecol Obstet Invest. 1995;40(4):249-52. doi: 10.1159/000292346.


Objective: The purpose of our study was to investigate the cerebral pathophysiology of severe preeclampsia using the noninvasive method of magnetic resonance angiography.

Study design: We studied cerebral magnetic resonance angiography findings in 9 severely preeclamptic patients.

Results: Magnetic resonance angiographies were abnormal on first scanning within 48 h postpartum, followed by normal findings on repeat scanning during the 1st postpartum month in 6 patients. The most common abnormality was vascular narrowing of anterior cerebral artery and basilar artery. Three of these 6 patients complained of headaches and/or visual disturbances.

Conclusion: This study shows that cerebral artery vasospasm is seen in some severe preeclamptic patients.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Pressure / physiology
  • Cerebral Arteries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Cerebral Arteries / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / epidemiology
  • Hypertension / physiopathology
  • Incidence
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography / standards
  • Pre-Eclampsia / physiopathology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Prospective Studies
  • Radiography