A case of successful pregnancy in a woman with Friedreich ataxia

M. Leone, E. Bottacchi, S. Bussolino, M. A. Porta

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We report on a 34-year-old woman with advanced FA who achieved a successful pregnancy. The neurological and cardiological features of the disease remained unchanged during and after pregnancy. Because of a slight respiratory impairment, which appeared at the 6th month, cesarean section was performed at the 34th week. FA is not necessarily a bar to successful pregnancy, but early referral to a cardiologist and respiratory monitoring is mandatory. The risk of transmission of the disease for our couple was 1/95.5 compared with 1/36.000 for a non-affected couple.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-441
Number of pages3
JournalItalian Journal of Neurological Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1992


  • Friedreich ataxia
  • genetic counselling
  • pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology


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