Aspek Biopsikososial pada Perempuan Hamil dengan Kecurigaan Mati Batang Otak

Translated title of the contribution: Biopsychosocial aspect of pregnant women suspected brainstem death

Dwiana Ocviyanti, Ribkhi A. Putri

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Objective: Diagnosis of brainstem death and the vital organ function support in the pregnant woman to prolong gestation to attain fetal viability is still controversial. The decision is influenced by ethical and legal issue in the country. Another consideration is the hospital cost and health insurance coverage. This article purpose is to report a case and discuss the biopsychosocial aspect of this issue, so the doctors know how to decide a similar case. Methods: We reported a suspected brainstem death in pregnant women and discussed the holistic approach. Case: This case is a-38-year-old women, third pregnancy, 22 weeks of gestation, referred from the secondary hospital in a comatose condition. She was diagnosed with brainstem dysfunction due to intracranial mass and cerebral oedema. She wasn't diagnosed with brainstem death due to the electrolyte imbalance that can cause this condition. We did the multidisciplinary management approach. We decided the termination of pregnancy would only be performed if the fetus reaches 28 weeks of gestational age (with survival rate on perinatology is 31%). From the husband point of view, since the attending doctors have not declared the mother to be dead, then the husband still want to keep the mother in full life support. The patient and the fetus died on the 8th day of hospitalization. The patient was fully paid for by Indonesian Health Insurance. Conclusions: Maternal brainstem dysfunction and brainstem death during pregnancy are rare. In Indonesia, ethical and legal consideration to keep both mother and fetus are appropriate with the general social, cultural, and religious values. However, we recommend managing every single case individually with an intensive multidisciplinary approach due to the possibility of the different personal value of the patient.

Translated title of the contributionBiopsychosocial aspect of pregnant women suspected brainstem death
Original languageIndonesian
Pages (from-to)107-110
Number of pages4
JournalIndonesian Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2021


  • Brain death
  • Brainstem dysfunction
  • Ethic
  • Fetal
  • Legal
  • Pregnancy


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