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ABOUT PREECLAMPSIA

Last Updated on Monday, July 05, 2010

Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period and affects both the mother and the unborn baby. Affecting at least 5-8% of all pregnancies, it is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision are important symptoms; however, some women with rapidly advancing disease report few symptoms.

Typically, preeclampsia occurs after 20 weeks gestation (in the late 2nd or 3rd trimesters or middle to late pregnancy) and up to six weeks postpartum (after delivery), though in rare cases it can occur earlier than 20 weeks. Proper prenatal care is essential to diagnose and manage preeclampsia. Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) and toxemia are outdated terms for preeclampsia. HELLP syndrome and eclampsia (seizures) are other variants of preeclampsia. 

Globally, preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death. By conservative estimates, these disorders are responsible for 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths each year.

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California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative
Preeclampsia Toolkit Review and Patient Support

September 25, 2015

 

Dignity Health Summit, Las Vegas, NV

October 1-2, 2015

 

Grand Rounds - Tampa General Hospital, Tampa FL

October 28, 2015

 

March of Dimes Prematurity Prevention Conference
Crystal City, VA

November 17, 2015

 

11th Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities
Ft. Worth, TX

June 9-10, 2016

 

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