Curr Health Sci J, vol. 41, no. 1, 2015

Plurietiologyc Possibilities and Difficulties of Seizures Management in Pregnancy

[Case reports]


(1)Emergency & First Aid Department, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova, Emergency Department – SMURD, University County Hospital Craiova,
(2)university of medicine and pharmacy of craiova,
(3)University of Medicine and Pharmacy of TArgu – Mure?, Emergency Department – SMURD, University County Hospital TArgu – Mure?


Background - Pre-existing pathology, the development of acute new one strictly dependent of the pregnancy or an independent acute or chronic medical problems generate a highly complex disease that requires a nuanced interpretation of the pregnant women in an attempt to identify the most favorable solutions for evaluation and treatment. Case report - 26-28 weeks pregnant women, 23 years old, known epilepsy, HIV encephalitis and pulmonary TB in inconsistent treatment with prolonged seizure status. Emergency air evacuation from a third degree medical center to regional center ( first level) under general anesthesia. After 24 hours, conscious, without focal signs. Favorable ongoing pregnancy. Conclusions - Considering the medical history, we analyzed several possibly triggering and maintenance of the crisis elements so that clarification of them constituted the main challenges. Finding an imaging examination solution with minimal harming effect on the fetus was a key decision points. Tocography and excluding eclampsia as the etiology were the main reasons to refrain from practicing cesarean section and magnesium sulphate administration. Paralytic agents use, in particular succinylcholine was a decisional key point, considering the variation in serum cholynesterase activity in peripartum period. The phenytoin administration was also a difficult choice because of the risk of bradycardia to the fetus. No any adverse event as effects of the crisis and medical intervention on the mother reported to the newborn during the first 8 months of life, but cerebral palsy continues to concern before 24 months.

seizures, pregnancy, tocography, cesarean section, eclampsia

Dr. Luciana Rotaru, Associate Professor Emergency & First Aid Department, Residency Program in Emergency Medicine Director - University of Medicine and Pharmacy Craiova, Medical Director Emergency Department - SMURD, University County Hospital Craiova, Tabaci St. No. 1, Craiova 200642, Dolj County. Tel: +40 722702989; e-mail

DOI 10.12865/CHSJ.41.01.09 - Download PDF