- gestational hypertension
- occurring after 20 weeks gestation
Possible symptoms include blurred vision, headache and abdominal pain.
Treatment is to lower blood pressure but ultimately the only way to treat pre-eclampsia which is advancing towards eclampsia (=fit) is to deliver the baby.
HELLP syndrome is a severe form of pre-eclampsia characterised by:
- elevated liver enzymes
- low platelets
It complicates 10-15% of cases of pre-eclapsia.
Mortality is 20-25%
The treatment for eclampsia is IV magnesium sulphate
Now to the final battle of the day