Pre Eclampsia Diagnosis

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Dr. Nithin Jayan
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nithin Jayan, MBBS, DNB
Last Updated on Sep 23, 2014
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How can we Diagnose Pre-eclampsia?

Diagnosis of pre-eclampsia depends on-

  • A thorough study of medical history.
  • Physical signs- Swelling of the face, hands and/or feet.
  • Record of blood pressure at regular intervals- Blood pressure readings higher than 140/90mmHg. A single high blood pressure reading does not mean that the pregnant woman has pre-eclampsia. But, a second reading taken 6-hours later may help confirm the suspicion of pre-eclampsia.
  • Urine tests to assess protein loss in the urine.
  • Complete blood count, or CBC, to look for abnormal blood cell counts like platelet count less than 100,000 or low red blood cell count.
  • Liver function tests may show higher than normal liver enzymes.
  • Pregnancy ultrasound to check the age and condition of the fetus may be required.
Pregnancy Ultrasound

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papandreas

In the 2,000 years that preeclampsia has existed, never has there been a book to address the disease from a parents point of view - until now. A Mom and Dad's Guide to Preeclampsia is the 1st book of its kind to help expectant parents through their struggle with preeclampsia.

My name is David Papandreas and I conceived a Mom and Dad's Guide to Preeclampsia while my incredible wife and I found ourselves searching helplessly on the internet for what to expect. It was amazing that the websites only discussed the characteristics that define preeclampsia and offer no practical knowledge. Pregnant with our first child, we were scared not knowing what this meant and how we would react to the diagnosis.

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Canary11

My sister, two aunts, and two cousins all had eclampsia. My cousin died of it. Would it be best if I did not get pregnant, since I am probably at high risk?

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