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Pre-eclampsia: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management

Authors Uzan J, Carbonnel M, Piconne O, Asmar R, Ayoubi J-M

Published Date July 2011 Volume 2011:7 Pages 467—474

DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/VHRM.S20181

Published 19 July 2011

Jennifer Uzan1, Marie Carbonnel1, Olivier Piconne1,3, Roland Asmar2, Jean-Marc Ayoubi1
1Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Hôpital Foch, Suresnes, France; 2Foundation Medical Research Institutes, Geneva, Switzerland; 3Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Hôpital Antoine Béclère, Clamart, France

Abstract: The incidence of pre-eclampsia ranges from 3% to 7% for nulliparas and 1% to 3% for multiparas. Pre-eclampsia is a major cause of maternal mortality and morbidity, preterm birth, perinatal death, and intrauterine growth restriction. Unfortunately, the pathophysiology of this multisystem disorder, characterized by abnormal vascular response to placentation, is still unclear. Despite great polymorphism of the disease, the criteria for pre-eclampsia have not changed over the past decade (systolic blood pressure >140 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure ≥90 mmHg and 24-hour proteinuria ≥0.3 g). Clinical features and laboratory abnormalities define and determine the severity of pre-eclampsia. Delivery is the only curative treatment for pre-eclampsia. Multidisciplinary management, involving an obstetrician, anesthetist, and pediatrician, is carried out with consideration of the maternal risks due to continued pregnancy and the fetal risks associated with induced preterm delivery. Screening women at high risk and preventing recurrences are key issues in the management of pre-eclampsia.

Keywords: pre-eclampsia, epidemiology, pathophysiology, therapeutic management

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