doubtful if it is preeclampsia

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doubtful if it is preeclampsia

Postby kay » Wed Apr 16, 2003 10:53 pm

My sister is on her later part of preganancy with her second kid. she suddenly developed edema in her face & legs. when we got her admitted we were told that she has high blodd pressure & that the placenta has formed a slide or something i am not sure... they also told us that the baby is only 3.5lbs & that the baby is not receiving blood from the placenta... also the doctors told us that the fluid is less in the uterus..i look for your kind & immediate advice at this juncture...

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Re : doubtful if it is preeclampsia

Postby expert on call » Thu Apr 17, 2003 05:54 pm

Certainly sounds as if she has preeclampsia. She is in the hospital which is good. I am assuming that she is near term since the baby at 3.5 pounds is "small."

I would expect that the doctors will recommend delivery soon. If there are signs that blood flow is restricted to the baby, they may recommend a cesarean to protect the baby.

If she has preeclampsia, she will probably be treated with magnesium sulfate. Blood pressures will probably be watched carefully and treated if excessively elevated.

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