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What is the heredity pattern of toxemia?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Multifactorial.: Family history of preeclampsia (also known as toxemia of pregnancy) does increase the likelihood of preeclampsia in any given pregnancy, however it is not the most significant risk factor. Short sexual cohabitation, young or advanced maternal age (<20, >35) and first pregnancy (or previous affected pregnancy) are all much more potent risk factors.

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