Table 2

Characteristics of patients with and without post-partum relapses
Relapsing (#148) Non relapsing (#201) p
Age at conception (mean, SD, years) 31.5 (5.0) 32.1 (4.5) 0.241
Age at onset (mean, SD, years) 24.8 (6.1) 24.7 (5.7) 0.930
Disease duration at conception (mean, SD, years) 6.9 (5.0) 7.4 (4.8) 0.355
EDSS at conception (mean, SD) 1.7 (1.1) 1.4 (0.8) 0.001
Treated with DMDs prior to pregnancy (#, %) 70 (47.3) 106 (52.7) 0.315
Relapses in the year prior to pregnancy (mean, SD) 0.56 (0.84) 0.25 (0.59) <0.001
Relapses during pregnancy (mean, SD) 0.19 (0.46) 0.06 (0.23) <0.001
EA (#, %) 24 (16.2) 40 (19.9) 0.371
CD (#, %) 62 (41.9) 93 (46.3) 0.416
Breastfeeding (#, %) 43 (29.1%) 78 (38.8%) 0.066

SD: Standard Deviation.

EDSS: Expanded Disability Status Scale.

DMDs: Disease Modifying Drugs.

EA: Epidural Analgesia.

CD: Caesarean Delivery.

Pastò et al.

Pastò et al. BMC Neurology 2012 12:165   doi:10.1186/1471-2377-12-165

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