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dc.contributor.authorBhat, M-
dc.contributor.authorRamesha, KN-
dc.contributor.authorNirmala, C-
dc.contributor.authorSarma, PS-
dc.contributor.authorThomas, SV-
dc.identifier.citation14 ,3;169-171en_US
dc.description.abstractPurpose: To assess the knowledge of obstetricians about concerns of women with epilepsy. Materials and Methods: We surveyed 97 obstetricians (teaching hospitals-43, private hospitals-32, and community health centers-21) using knowledge of women's issues and epilepsy (KOWIE) questionnaire II with additional questions. Results: The mean duration of practice of the surveyed obstetricians was 12.4 +/- 10.7 years and 94% were female doctors. Most of them were well informed about the teratogenic effects of AEDs (91%), need to continue antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) during pregnancy (95%), and the role of folic acid and vitamin K during pregnancy (95%). They agreed AEDs decrease the efficacy of oral contraception and it was safe for the woman to breast-feed the baby while on AEDs. Only 1/3(rd) of them knew that steroid hormones could alter seizure threshold or that AEDs could predispose to osteomalacia. Fewer doctors knew that WWE could have increased sexual dysfunction (29.9%) or infertility (26.8%). The knowledge did not vary according to years of practice or practice settings. Conclusions: Obstetricians were well informed about the fetal complications of antenatal AED exposure, but were under informed of other complications such as osteomalacia, sexual dysfunction, and infertility.-
dc.subjectNeurosciences & Neurology-
dc.titleKnowledge and practice profile of obstetricians regarding epilepsy in women in Kerala state, India-
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