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Harvard Finds Pregnant Women with Epilepsy at Greater Risk of Death during Childbirth

A new study by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers found that women with epilepsy have a more than 10-fold higher risk of dying during their delivery hospitalization, and are at increased risk for preeclampsia and other pregnancy complications, when compared with women who do not have the condition.

The findings were presented at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in April.

Ms. Sarah MacDonald, SM ’15, and colleagues used data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample collected from 2007 to 2011. The sample included 69,385 women with epilepsy and 20,449,532 women without epilepsy. They found that those with epilepsy had a significantly higher risk of death during their delivery hospitalization than those who did not (80 per 100,000 compared to 6 per 100,000). Read more