Postpartum cerebral vasospasm treated with hypervolemic therapy

P. T. Akins, K. J. Levy, A. H. Cross, M. P. Goldberg, M. H. Schieber

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In a 23-year-old woman, gravida 1, para 1-0-0-1, headaches and seizures developed 1 week after an uncomplicated delivery. Cerebral angiography revealed severe, diffuse cerebral vasospasm. Her symptoms resolved with hyperosmolar, hypervolemic therapy and nimodipine. Magnetic resonance angiography on postpartum day 23 confirmed persistent, severe vasospasm, and repeat magnetic resonance angiography on postpartum day 33 demonstrated interval improvement. This report documents the time course of a case of postpartum vasospasm and its response to hypervolemic, hyperosmolar therapy and nimodipine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1386-1388
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Cerebral vasospasm
  • angiography (magnetic resonance)
  • eclampsia
  • puerperium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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