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Medicina (Buenos Aires)

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MEJIA, Raúl et al. Brain death in a pregnant woman and fetus survival. Medicina (B. Aires) [online]. 2008, vol.68, n.6, pp. 447-452. ISSN 1669-9106.

A 29 year old woman suffered massive brain injury after a cerebellum hemorrhage at 17 weeks' gestation. Several hours later, and after brainstem test, she was declared brain dead. She was supported with intensive care during 56 days. After a cardiac arrest, on week 25, a 450 g infant was delivered through a cesarean section. The somatic support of mother and fetus according to the expected physiologic changes after brain death and its ethical implications are discussed.

Palabras clave : Brain death; Pregnancy; Ethics.

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