Symptoms of Preeclampsia


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General information about symptoms of Preeclampsia: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Preeclampsia. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Preeclampsia. Furthermore, symptoms of Preeclampsia may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Preeclampsia.

List of symptoms of Preeclampsia: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Preeclampsia includes:

Symptoms of Preeclampsia: Unfortunately, there is no single test to predict or diagnose preeclampsia. Key signs are increased blood pressure and protein in the urine (proteinuria). Other symptoms that seem to occur with preeclampsia include persistent headaches, blurred vision or sensitivity to light, and abdominal pain.1

As proteinuria may be a late manifestation, the NHBPEP also advises clinicians that the disease should be suspected if high blood pressure is accompanied by symptoms of headache or abdominal pain, or abnormal laboratory tests, specifically low platelet count and abnormal liver enzymes.2

More symptoms of Preeclampsia: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Preeclampsia, underlying causes of Preeclampsia, associated conditions for Preeclampsia, risk factors for Preeclampsia, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy: NHLBI
2. excerpt from REPORT of the WORKING GROUP on RESEARCH on HYPERTENSION DURING PREGNANCY: NHLBI

Last revision: June 12, 2003

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