Maternal mortality, Neurologic complications

The USA is not doing well with its maternal mortality compared to the rest of the developed nations, a recent NPR investigation reveals. There is need for increased awareness of the causes of maternal mortality during or after pregnancy. Dr. Teddy Youn is one of the authors of a case report published in the Neurology resident and fellow section that discusses the story of a 36-year-old, 22-week pregnant woman. She presented with a “simple” facial droop that followed an episode of loss of consciousness (possible seizure). Investigations revealed a left basal ganglia hemorrhage. Her condition quickly worsened with multifocal and confluent hemorrhages. She unfortunately succumbed to a possible diagnosis of Weston-Hurst.