A 34-year-old pregnant woman at 28 gestational weeks was diagnosed with a brain tumor after experiencing a generalised seizure. After completion of antenatal fetal lung maturation, she underwent an osteoplastic craniotomy parietal on the left side and a microsurgical partial tumor resection under general anaesthesia. With a histology of a diffuse astrocytoma and the postoperative stable amount of residual tumor on follow-up imaging, the pregnancy proceeded until 37 gestational weeks. A healthy baby boy was delivered by elective caesarean section. An awake craniotomy for removal of the residual tumor was planned two weeks later, followed by adjuvant treatment (combined radio-/chemotherapy). A multidisciplinary approach, combined with appropriate timing and a transparent and empathic communication, was able to create the most effective tailored management and optimise maternal and neonatal outcomes.
- obstetrics and gynaecology
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Contributors VF and SML conceived the presented idea. VF collected and interpreted the data. VF, SML and LM drafted the article. IH made a critical revision of the article and approved the final version to be published.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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