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What specific bloodwork should be done postpartum?

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What specific bloodwork should be done postpartum?

Postby angelical » Fri Feb 20, 2004 03:05 pm

A recent thread on the "Ask the Experience" forum brought this question to mind...

I know after my pregnancy, my family doctor ran a bunch of blood work and, besides high triglycerides, he assured me that everything was "just fine". However, I would like to know what full range of blood work you suggest for a woman after preeclampsia (and HELLP - in my case).

I don't want to miss anything, just because I didn't know to ask and my doc didn't think of it (he's no expert in pree!)

Thanks!
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Re : What specific bloodwork should be done postpartum?

Postby expert on call » Fri Apr 02, 2004 09:52 am

There is no accepted work-up.

I will usually assess:

Blood pressure - generally using JNC-7 criteria for treatment
130/80

screen for diabetes

24 hour urine for creatinine clearance and proteinuria
proteinuria is a strong predictor of preeclampsia

thrombophilia screen

ANA - for autoimmune disease

thyroid function tests

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