Failure to Diagnose Preeclampsia
Pre-eclampsia can develop as early 20 weeks gestation. If diagnosed between 20 weeks and 32 weeks gestation the condition is known as early-onset. Pre-eclampsia may also be diagnosed between 32 weeks gestation and term, and up to 6 weeks post-partum. In most cases, pre-eclampsia is diagnosed through repeat blood pressure readings (6 hours apart) and/or a 24 hour urine catch. If a pregnant mother's blood pressure tests above 140/90 and/or she has more than 300 mg of protein in her urine, she should be followed closely for eclampsia and labor complications, such as intrauterine growth retardation, placental abruption and/or fetal distress from toxemia.
Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are more common in first pregnancies with young mothers. Other risk factors for pre-eclampsia include:
- pre-existing maternal vascular disease (e.g., hypertension, diabetes);
- thrombophilic disease;
- multiple gestation (e.g., twins, triplets); and
- family history of pre-eclampsia (e.g., mother, sister).
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