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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 158326, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/158326
Case Report

Intracranial Meningioma Diagnosed during Pregnancy Caused Maternal Death

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Yuzuncu Yil University, 65080 Van, Turkey
2Yuzuncu Yil Universitesi Tip Fakultesi, Kadin Hastaliklari ve Dogum Anabilim Dali, Dursun Odabas Tip Merkezi, Kampus, 65080 Van, Turkey
3Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, Yuzuncu Yil University, 65080 Van, Turkey
4Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Yuzuncu Yil University, 65080 Van, Turkey

Received 7 July 2014; Accepted 16 August 2014; Published 10 September 2014

Academic Editor: Aaron S. Dumont

Copyright © 2014 Zehra Kurdoglu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Brain tumors are rarely diagnosed during pregnancy. Accelerated growth of intracranial meningiomas during pregnancy sometimes requires urgent surgical intervention. We describe a 41-year-old pregnant woman with severe neurological decompensation requiring immediate neurosurgery. Cesarean section resulted in maternal death. Meningioma diagnosed during a viable pregnancy should be managed according to the severity of maternal neurological symptoms and gestational age of pregnancy. Early intervention for intracranial tumors during pregnancy may save maternal and fetal lives.