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Pre-eclampsia

Rachel Collis

in Obstetric Anaesthesia for Developing Countries

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199572144
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607488 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199572144.003.0016

Series: Oxford Anaesthesia Library

Pre-eclampsia

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• 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.

Chapter.  3071 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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