Introduction: Preeclampsia


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Preeclampsia: Any type of high blood pressure occuring during pregnancy is a type of "gestational hypertension". Preeclampsia is severe high blood pressure during pregnancy, and eclampsia is very severe pregnancy gestational hypertension leading to seizures.

Preeclampsia: Preeclampsia is a condition that typically starts after the 20th week of pregnancy and is related to increased blood pressure and protein in the mother's urine (as a result of kidney problems). Preeclampsia affects the placenta, and it can affect the mother's kidney, liver, and brain. When preeclampsia causes seizures, the condition is known as eclampsia--the second leading cause of maternal death in the U.S. Preeclampsia is also a leading cause of fetal complications, which include low birth weight, premature birth, and stillbirth. 1

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Footnotes:
1. excerpt from High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy: NHLBI

Last revision: June 12, 2003

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