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Irish epilepsy pregnancy register established

6 November, 2001

A new register to track the several hundred Irish women with epilepsy who become pregnant each year has been established.

Based at the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, the register will track the outcome of these pregnancies. Consultant Neurologist Dr Norman Delanty said the register "will be of great benefit to women with epilepsy and their doctors in the optimum management of their pregnancies."

The chances of giving birth to a healthy baby are still over 90 per cent for women with epilepsy. The difference is mainly a result of possible problems caused by anti-epileptic drugs. Therefore, it is important that women with epilepsy consult their doctor on a regular basis before and during pregnancy.

Women in the Irish Republic can contact the Register on a freephone number: 1 800 320 820