Radiographics 2017 Jul-Aug;37(4):1270-1289
From the Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Phoenix, Ariz (R.S.P., C.O.M.); Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Mo (C.J.N., C.A.R., V.M.M., S.B.); Department of Radiology, NYU Winthrop Hospital, Mineola, NY (D.S.K.); Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY (D.S.K.); and Neuroradiology Section, Department of Radiology, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, Ariz (P.C.).
Pregnancy results in substantial hemodynamic and prothrombotic changes that form the foundation for downstream vascular complications, both during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. In addition, several important risk factors, including older patient age, diabetes, and smoking, can increase the risk for vascular-related pregnancy complications. Because radiologists often play an important role in evaluation of the pregnant patient, understanding the pathophysiology of vascular-related complications in pregnancy and their imaging appearances is essential for diagnostic accuracy. Read More