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Cognitive deficits in women after childbirth.
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PMID:  8469469     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To test the cognitive function of parturients in the days immediately after delivery. METHODS: One hundred postpartum mothers who delivered normal full-term infants were tested on standardized neuropsychological tests--the Wechsler Logical Memory Test and the Wechsler Visual Reproduction Test. Their test results were compared with those of nonpregnant childless women, third-trimester high-risk pregnant women, and fathers of newborns. RESULTS: Postpartum women scored significantly lower than nonpregnant women on both tests on the first postpartum day. The use of intrapartum analgesia mitigated the cognitive deficit. High-risk pregnant women and fathers scored lower than nonpregnant women only on the Logical Memory Test. CONCLUSION: Objective documentation that postpartum women have transient deficits in cognitive function, particularly in memory function, can guide caretakers in the design of care plans for the postpartum lying-in period.
A I Eidelman; N W Hoffmann; M Kaitz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  81     ISSN:  0029-7844     ISO Abbreviation:  Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  1993 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-05-13     Completed Date:  1993-05-13     Revised Date:  2009-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401101     Medline TA:  Obstet Gynecol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  764-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Neonatology, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Cognition Disorders / diagnosis,  etiology*
Memory Disorders / diagnosis,  etiology
Neuropsychological Tests
Puerperal Disorders / diagnosis,  psychology*

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