Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome: differences between pregnant and non-pregnant patients

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Luiz Carlos Porcello Marrone *
Giovani Gadonski
Luciano Passamani Diogo
João Pedro Farina Brunelli
William Alves Martins
Gabriela de Oliveira Laguna
Laura Fuchs Bahlis
João Rubião Hoefel-Filho
Bartira Ercilia Pinheiro Da Costa
Carlos Eduardo Poli-de-Figueiredo
Antônio Carlos Huf Marrone
Jaderson Costa Da Costa
(*) Corresponding Author:
Luiz Carlos Porcello Marrone |


Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a clinical-radiologic entity not yet understood, that presents with transient neurologic symptoms and particular radiological findings. Few papers show the differences between pregnant and non-pregnant patients. We review the cases of 38 women diagnosed with PRES, in order to find significant differences between pregnant (18) and non-pregnant (20) patients. We found differences among the age of patients (25.83 years old in pregnant and 29.31 years old in non pregnant; P=0.001); in the mean of highest systolic blood pressure, that was higher in non-pregnant group (185:162 mmHg; P=0.121); and in creatinine levels that was higher in non-pregnant group (3.47:1.04 mg/dL; P=0.001). To our knowledge, just a few papers analyzed whether PRES syndrome presented in the same way in pregnant and non-pregnant patients. The differences and the possible pathophisiology of this syndrome still remain enigmatic.


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