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Reminder of important clinical lesson
‘Miracle baby’: an outcome of multidisciplinary approach to neurotrauma in pregnancy
  1. Grace Neville,
  2. Chandrasekaran Kaliaperumal,
  3. George Kaar
  1. Department of Neurosurgery, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Republic of Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Chandrasekaran Kaliaperumal, ckaliaperumal{at}

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) warranting neurosurgical intervention in the pregnant population is a rarity. We describe a case of a 27-year-old woman who at 13 weeks of gestation presented with multiple traumas having been involved in a near fatal road traffic accident. Glasgow Coma Scale was 6/15. CT brain showed extensive haemorrhagic contusions, diffuse brain swelling and multiple skull and facial fractures. Decompressive craniectomy was performed to control her intracranial pressure during her management in the intensive care. A viable intrauterine pregnancy was confirmed and progressed as maternal stabilisation and rehabilitation continued. At 35+3 weeks a 2770 g male child was delivered via emergency caesarean section after spontaneous onset of labour. The child had no detectable abnormalities and is clinically well. Eight months post-TBI the patient continues to make gradual improvements but is left with severe cognitive impairment and currently undergoing rehabilitation. A multidisciplinary approach was adopted in the management of this patient.

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