Successful Completion of Pregnancy and Delivery in Patient in Coma


E.Yu. Upryamova1, A.L. Gridchik1, O.F. Serova2, M.V. Vatsik3, N.M. Smirnova3, E.M. Shifman4

1Moscow Regional Scientific Research Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Moscow

2Moscow Regional Perinatal Center, Balashikha

3Domodedovo central hospital, Domodedovo

4M.F. Vladimirskiy Moscow Regional Research Clinical Institute, Moscow

For correspondence: Upryamova Ekaterina Yur’evna — MD, Senior Researcher of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Moscow Regional Scientific Research Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Moscow; e-mail:

For citation: Upryamova EYu, Gridchik AL, Serova OF, Vatsik MV, Smirnova NM, Shifman EM. Successful Completion of Pregnancy and Delivery in Patient in Coma. Intensive Care Herald. 2016;4:62–66.

Severe neurological injury during pregnancy without intensive care for a woman is a potentially dangerous condition for both the mother and the fetus. High risk of secondary infection with the development of inflammatory complications, decompensation of vital functions of the mother due to the increased load on the organs and systems due to ongoing pregnancy have special requirements for the organization and carrying out of intensive care on the part of intensivist and obstetricians. In this clinical observation, we analyzed medical history, clinical and instrumental examination, especially prenatal care, intensive care and delivery of patient staying in persistent vegetative state being a result of severe traumatic brain injury.

The present clinical case is a unique event in Russian medical practice. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that the patient has spent in a coma in fact the entire pregnancy (4–5 weeks before a full-term period), that is more than 8 months. The obstetric department of Domodedovo central hospital performed cesarean section under general anesthesia when the term was around 36–37 weeks. In the 4th minute they extracted preterm alive weight 2180 g girl, 46 cm, with Apgar scores of 3–5 points. In May 2015, the specialists carried out in-depth examination of the child. According to the results of the survey, the child did not reveal any abnormalities in the development and health.

Thus, a consistent multidisciplinary approach, an individual program of intensive therapy, taking into account the type and extent of damage to the central nervous system, the parent status, gestational age and fetal condition allowed achieving significant results in the treatment and giving a chance to live for the child not yet born.

Keywords: pregnancy, delivery, traumatic brain injury, coma, persistent vegetative state, Glasgow score, Apgar score

Received: 23.09.2016


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