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Severe Preeclampsia 

Severe Preeclampsia
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Severe Preeclampsia
Author(s):

Uma Sasso

, and Emily McQuaid-Hanson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190226459.003.0048
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date: 26 October 2020

Preeclampsia and other hypertensive diseases during pregnancy are common causes of maternal morbidity and increase the risk for adverse fetal outcomes. Women are monitored for changes in blood pressure throughout pregnancy and depending on gestational age, once such changes are noted providers may opt to move toward delivery. Blood pressure control and magnesium sulfate are the cornerstone of therapy as well as the key to preventing progression to eclampsia. A thorough understanding of this disease process is essential for anesthesiologists and other anesthesia providers to provide optimal and safe care for labor analgesia and cesarean delivery, or to manage sequelae of advanced disease processes, such as seizure.

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