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Effects of maternal myasthenia gravis on pregnancy and birth examined

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Birth defects or other neonatal complications ? from mild to severe ? were noted in 27 of the 127 children born to women with MG. Five of those had severe birth defects, but that number was not considered statistically significant when compared with all births.

Hoff said results of the study shouldn't discourage women with MG from giving birth, but that they should plan to have access to good medical care should complications arise. Neonatal deaths did not rise significantly among MG mothers, nor was there a higher rate of prematurity.

A related Neurology Patient Page on the study, which also provides an in-depth description of Myasthenia Gravis, and its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options, will be available for downloading at www.neurology.org on November 25.


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American Academy of Neurology
24-Nov-2003


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