A young woman, 29 weeks pregnant, was delivered by helicopter from the Pskov region to Almazov Centre in St. Petersburg.
At the end of June, the patient saw a local doctor with complaints of nausea, vomiting and seizures. MRI revealed meningioma in the right frontal lobe of the brain measuring 6 × 6 × 5 cm.
The Pskov doctors had a consult with the neurosurgeons of Almazov Centre, and the decision was made to urgently transfer the patient to Almazov Centre.
Having weighed all the risks and assessed the patient’s condition, the specialists of the Centre, under the supervision of Head of Laboratory for Integrative Neurosurgical Technologies Dmitry Gulyaev, performed an urgent surgery. The surgery was done under endotracheal anesthesia, microsurgical removal of parasagittal meningioma in the right frontal lobe was followed by duraplasty.
The postoperative period is without complications, there is a regression of cerebral symptoms. The patient has been transferred from the Department of Neurosurgery to the Perinatal Centre for further treatment.
According to the Clinic Director of Almazov Centre, Eduard Komlichenko:
“A timely surgery helped save the life of the woman. It is to be hoped that she will give birth to a healthy child at time, and we will do our best to make this happen. ”
In the future, the woman will be discharged to continue outpatient treatment in the clinic at her residence. She will be followed up by a neurologist and will need to have regular tests. There is no threat to the life of mom and baby.