Atypical case of posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome related to late onset postpartum eclampsia: A case report

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RATIONALE: Eclampsia, an obstetric emergency frequently seen in pregnant or puerperal women, is a risk factor for posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES). Most cases of eclampsia occur postpartum. We report a woman with PRES associated with eclampsia 10 weeks post-delivery, the latest onset ever reported. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 23-year-old healthy woman presented headache and nausea 10 weeks after delivery. Two days later, she generalized tonic-clonic seizure. Her brain MRI presented the foci which is typical of PRES. DIAGNOSIS: The patient was diagnosed as PRES associated with eclampsia. INTERVENTIONS: The patient received levetiracetam and edaravone. OUTCOMES: Her clinical course was uneventful and she fully recovered without neurological complications LESSONS:: The possible diagnosis of late onset postpartum eclampsia, even weeks post-delivery, should be considered, since initiation of early treatment averts severe complications and decreases mortality. Sharing our experience may increase awareness of PRES induced by late-onset postpartum eclampsia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e15187
JournalMedicine
Volume98
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2019

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