What are the medicolegal issues to consider when treating neurologic disease during pregnancy?

Updated: Nov 08, 2018
  • Author: Carmel Armon, MD, MSc, MHS; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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The following comments regarding medicolegal issues are provided for educational purposes only; they should not be considered all-inclusive, nor should they be construed as legal advice. Clinical practice may vary.

The most obvious medicolegal risks are the following:

  • Failure to diagnose a condition that develops during pregnancy

  • Failure to preempt teratogenesis or avoid teratogenic medications when possible

  • Failure to anticipate and inform or warn the patient about the potential effect of pregnancy on the management or control of preexisting conditions (eg, epilepsy or sleep apnea)


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