In a 23-year-old woman, gravida 1, para 1-0-0-1, headaches and seizures developed 1 week after an uncomplicated delivery. Cerebral angiography revealed severe, diffuse cerebral vasospasm. Her symptoms resolved with hyperosmolar, hypervolemic therapy and nimodipine. Magnetic resonance angiography on postpartum day 23 confirmed persistent, severe vasospasm, and repeat magnetic resonance angiography on postpartum day 33 demonstrated interval improvement. This report documents the time course of a case of postpartum vasospasm and its response to hypervolemic, hyperosmolar therapy and nimodipine.
- Cerebral vasospasm
- angiography (magnetic resonance)