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    Clinicians at Drexel University College of Medicine (Philadelphia, PA) share the case study of a woman who, against physicians advice, kept her sacral nerve stimulator on for symptom control for two pregnancies. The first child was diagnosed with a chronic motor tic disorder, the second had a pilonidal sinus at birth. The clinicians are unable to determine if this was the related to the neurostimulator. The authors conclude “Until further research is done, we recommend that women of reproductive age with a sacral nerve stimulator be advised about contraception and that the device should be deactivated before or as soon as pregnancy is confirmed.”

    Source: El-Khawand D. et al. Sacral nerve stimulation during pregnancy: case report and review of the literature. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2012 Mar-Apr;18(2):127-9.
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