protein in urine

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protein in urine

Postby ilm4k » Mon Feb 02, 2004 12:25 am

At my last OB appointment my BP was slightly elevated (134/81). My doctor had me do the 24 hour urine test to check for protein. I got the results today. She said that between 100-300 is normal. Mine was 489. She doesn't seem too concerned about it. She is just going to monitor me closely. I feel very unsure about what this means and basically a little frightened. Is there anything I can do that would make the protein lower? How serious is 489? I am only 28 weeks pregnant. Is my baby in danger?
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Re : protein in urine

Postby expert on call » Thu Mar 04, 2004 12:20 am

With blood pressure mildly elevated like that and a 24 hour protein level above 300 you are likely developing preeclampsia. While there may be no danger yet, preeclampsia can develop VERY quickly and cause seizures, kidney failure and other problems overnight in some cases. It doesn't necessarily mean that your baby is in danger, but you may have to be in the hospital for treatment in the near future. Many doctors would have put you in the hospital for observation based on the urine protein alone. In addition, you may want to prepare yourself that the baby might have to be delivered a little premature, depending on exactly what is going on.

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