Clinical presentation of severe preeclampsia and the management of organ failure

Pre-eclampsia is a syndrome characterized by sustained hypertension (systolic pressure greater than 140 mmHg and/or diastolic pressure in excess of 90 mmHg) and proteinuria (more than 300 mg excreted per 24 h) during the latter half of pregnancy that always remits after delivery of the fetus (Davey and MacGillivray, 1988). Because the disease resolves after delivery, delivery of the baby is the most important intervention practised in the management of pre-eclampsia. Delivery may be precipitated by uncontrolled hypertension, organ dysfunction (renal, liver, neurological or cardio-respiratory), fetal distress, abruptio placentae or because the pregnancy has reached the point where the neonatal risks of prematurity are negligible.

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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