Preeclampsia

 

 

an abnormal condition of pregnancy.

Symptoms:

  • high blood pressure
  • edema (fluid collection in the tissues)
  • proteinuria (protein in the urine)
  • seizures
  • visual perception of flashing lights

Treatment:

Mild preeclampsia:

  • can be managed with bed rest (to assist fluid return to the heart )
  • regular blood pressure monitoring

Severe preeclampsia:

  • magnesium sulphate (seizure prevention)
  • delivery of baby as soon as possible

This condition if not treated can have profound health implications for both mother and fetus.

Biochemistry of Preeclampsia:

 

Chabner, Davi-Ellen. 2007. The Language of Medicine. 8th ed. Saunders Elsevier, Missouri.

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