Recommendation ID

AEDs and pregnancy: What is the malformation rate and longer term neurodevelopmental outcome of children born to mothers who have taken AEDs during pregnancy?

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Pregnancy registers are increasing the data that are available on established AEDs; however, these registers may give malformation rates but do not provide controlled long-term data on neurodevelopmental outcome.

The research should include:

  • measures of maternal outcome, including seizure frequency and quality of life

  • major and minor rates of congenital malformations

  • prospective neurodevelopmental (including cognitive) and behavioural outcomes in children born to women and girls with epilepsy (these should be undertaken on a long-term basis and ideally using a cohort study, followed from birth until adult life).

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Epilepsies: diagnosis and management
Date issued
January 2012

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/10/2019