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Maternal Grand Mal Seizure Leads to a Surprising Diagnosis of Dandy-Walker Variant


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Sherri G. Mendelson, RNC, CNS, PhD, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, 15031 Rinaldi Street, Mission Hills, CA 91355.


Pregnant women may present with abnormal symptoms that are assumed to be related to the pregnancy. The purpose of this case study is to examine an obstetric case that provides a wider view of a grand mal seizure in a perinatal patient with previously undiagnosed Dandy-Walker Variant. When a pregnant or newly postpartum woman has seizures, eclampsia may be the most the most likely diagnosis, but it may not be accurate.