Tests to consider?

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Tests to consider?

Postby canada1 » Thu May 29, 2003 10:17 am

I was induced at 31 weeks due to pre-e. My bp was never too concerning (was averaging around 145/90) but I was spilling a lot of proteins and the amount continued to climb from the day I was admitted to the day I was induced (3 days later- 3+ on a dip to 5.5 g in a 24hr test).

I know that pre-e can be caused by underlying conditions such as auto-immune disorders. I am wondering what kind of testing, if any, I should request from my doctors. I have had no follow-up of any kind since having my son and would like to ensure that I have all the information possible before deciding on another child.

Thank you for your advice,
Stephanie
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Re : Tests to consider?

Postby expert on call » Mon Jun 02, 2003 09:21 am

Some autoimmune disorders can be tested for, but it is often difficult to tell exactly what caused the preeclampsia to occur. In addition it is difficult to reverse once it starts. One way to help decrease your risk is to have your blood pressure checked prior to conception and have it treated if it is high. You may want to have your urine protein checked as well prior to conception.

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Re : Tests to consider?

Postby expert on call » Mon Jun 02, 2003 09:22 am

Editor's note: We have asked several experts this question and will post the other's responses as they come in.

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