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What is Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia?

15:58 - 6 May , 2021


They are conditions that can appear after the first twenty weeks of pregnancy. Pre-eclampsia specifically refers to the development or worsening of pre-existing high blood pressure. Meanwhile, eclampsia is a serious consequence of untreated pre-eclampsia, manifested by seizures.

Potential risks:

Although their origin is still unknown, there are some risk factors associated with their appearance. For example: having kidney problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, being overweight or obese, having a family history of pre-eclampsia, or being older than 35 years.

Signs and symptoms Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia

In the case of pre-eclampsia, the most frequent symptom is a significant rise in blood pressure over several days, that is, equal to or greater than 140/90 mmHg. In addition to this, severe headaches, altered mental state, dizziness, and nausea often occur. In the case of eclampsia, severe seizures, breathing, or visual problems appear, which could indicate the presence of a stroke.

Diagnosis and treatment Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia

The diagnosis will depend on some criteria such as the weeks of pregnancy, your blood pressure, and tests to evaluate the presence of protein in urine.

In case of confirmation, you will be prescribed medications to regulate your blood pressure, and complementary laboratory studies will be requested. If you have a more serious condition, it could be necessary to administer other types of medications and even a premature c-section.

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20% of the total robot surgeries of ABC Medical Center correspond to this specialty, which places us as a cutting-edge institution with vast experience and leadership in the field for the benefit of our patients.


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