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• Postpartum psychosis associated with high recurrence risk (February 2016)


Postpartum psychosis is characterized by the emergence of psychotic symptoms, such as delusions and hallucinations, typically within the first weeks after delivery. Small studies have suggested that women with a history of postpartum psychosis are at increased risk of recurrence following a subsequent pregnancy.

      A meta-analysis of studies describing more than 5000 deliveries found that 35 percent of women with prior postpartum psychosis experienced recurrence following a subsequent pregnancy [20]. Thus, women with a history of postpartum psychosis should be educated about the increased risk of recurrence following childbirth and monitored closely in the first few weeks postpartum for early indications of psychosis. (See "Postpartum psychosis: Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, assessment, and diagnosis", section on 'Course'.)

     

 
     

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