J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 79:240-245 doi:10.1136/jnnp.2007.116939
  • Pregnancy and neurology

Stroke and pregnancy

  1. C A Davie,
  2. P O’Brien
  1. Department of Clinical Neurosciences, The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, Pond Street, London, UK
  2. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College London Hospitals, London, UK
  1. Dr C Davie, Consultant Neurologist, Department of Clinical Neurosciences. The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, Pond Street, London NW3 2QG, UK; c.davie{at}
  • Received 26 July 2007
  • Revised 24 October 2007
  • Accepted 25 October 2007
  • Published Online First 6 November 2007


Pregnancy-related stroke is, fortunately, a rare event. However, when it occurs, there may be implications for management of the patient and delivery of the child. This article reviews the mechanisms and risk factors for stroke related to pregnancy, the presenting features, diagnosis and management of the different stroke types, and the implications for pregnancy and delivery.


  • Competing interests: None.

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