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September 25, 1943


JAMA. 1943;123(4):210-211. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840390030009

Acute poliomyelitis complicating pregnancy is rare. McGoogan1 collected 5 cases from the literature up to 1931, to which he added 3 additional cases observed in the state of Nebraska during the year 1931. Brahdy and Lenarsky2 observed 3 instances of pregnancy complicated by poliomyelitis among 1,010 patients with poliomyelitis admitted to the Willard Parker Hospital during 1931. Among these patients were 30 over 19 years of age, of whom 15 were women, and 3 of these developed acute anterior poliomyelitis during pregnancy. Pregnancy and labor in these cases were not affected adversely. In no instance has a mother in whom poliomyelitis developed during pregnancy transmitted the disease to her offspring. Kleinberg and Horwitz3 present an analysis of 15 cases reported in the literature up to 1941, 1 personal communication and 13 cases which they collected. They conclude that pregnancy complicated by acute anterior poliomyelitis may be anticipated