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Pre-eclampsia 

Pre-eclampsia
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Pre-eclampsia
Author(s):

Rachel Collis

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199572144.003.0016
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date: 15 December 2017

Pre-eclampsia can rapidly result in the death of mother and baby

It can be diagnosed early by regular measurement of the mother’ s blood pressure and testing her urine for protein

A blood pressure above 140/90 mmHg and 2+ proteinuria are important indicators of the diagnosis

The severity of hypertension or proteinurea does not correlate with the severity of the disease

Death results from eclampsia, cerebral haemorrhage, hepatic rupture, renal failure, or pulmonary oedema causing respiratory failure

Early delivery of the baby will stop progression of the condition and save the mother's life.

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