Peripheral neuropathies in pregnancy.


Journal Article (Review)

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article provides an overview of the most common peripheral neuropathic disorders in pregnancy with a focus on clinical recognition, diagnosis, and treatment. RECENT FINDINGS: The literature on this topic consists primarily of case reports, case series, and retrospective reviews. Recent work, particularly in carpal tunnel syndrome, brachial neuritis, and inherited neuropathies in pregnancy, has added to our knowledge of this field. Awareness of diabetic polyneuropathy with associated autonomic dysfunction in pregnancy has grown as the incidence of diabetes mellitus increases in women of childbearing age. SUMMARY: Women may develop mononeuropathy, plexopathy, radiculopathy, or polyneuropathy during pregnancy or postpartum. Pregnancy often influences consideration of etiology, treatment, and prognosis. In women of childbearing age with known acquired or genetic neuromuscular disorders, pregnancy should be anticipated and appropriate counseling provided. An interdisciplinary approach with other medical specialties is often necessary.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Massey, EW; Guidon, AC

Published Date

  • February 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 1 Neurology of Pregnancy

Start / End Page

  • 100 - 114

PubMed ID

  • 24492813

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24492813

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-6899

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1212/


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States