Archived AES Symposia 2008
Hot Topics Symposium: Improving Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with Epilepsy
Program Length: 1 hrs 53 min
While women with epilepsy are at increased risk for poor pregnancy outcomes for a variety of reasons, addressing important clinical practice gaps can help improve such outcomes. In particular, increased attention to appropriate AED selection and monitoring, and improved use of informed consent are warranted to enhance care delivery to women with epilepsy who are of childbearing age or who are pregnant. This session will review our current knowledge of pregnancy risks including seizures, miscarriages, neonatal hemorrhage, drug-induced anatomical malformations and factors affecting behavioral outcomes (e.g., drugs, seizures). Information will be presented within the context of practice recommendations, controversies and needed future research.
- Describe risks of seizures and AED use on outcomes in children of women with epilepsy
- Select appropriate AED therapy for use in women of childbearing age with epilepsy to minimize risk of poor outcome in future pregnancies
- Select appropriate AED therapy for use in women with epilepsy who are pregnant based on the most up-to-date information that will be reflected in the emerging AAN Practice Parameters on Epilepsy and Pregnancy.
Clinicians, nurses involved in the care of patients with epilepsy, clinical researchers and basic scientists involved in epilepsy research
Co-Chairs: Kimford J. Meador, M.D. and Page Pennell, M.D.
Introduction and Opening Remarks
Kimford J. Meador, M.D. and Page Pennell, M.D.
Cynthia L. Harden, M.D.
Anatomical Teratogenesis: Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with Epilepsy
Torbjorn Tomson, M.D., Ph.D.
David W. Loring, Ph.D.
Improving Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with Epilepsy
Peter W. Kaplan, M.B., FRCP
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed with regard to unapproved uses of products are solely those of the faculty and are not endorsed by the American Epilepsy Society or any manufacturers of pharmaceuticals.