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How long does visual changes associated with hellp syndrome last?

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Dr. Michael Kermani
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Depends on Cause: "hellp" is an abbreviation of three main features of this syndrome: hemolysis elevated liver enzymes low platelet count this condition is a form of pre-eclampsia during childbearing. Visual changes may stem from different causes such as corneal or macular edema which may be more temporary or retinal breaks/detachments which may be more severe and permanent. Best to see your eye md!
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Depends on cause: The hellp syndrome affects 4-12% of women with severe pre-ecclampsia. It usually occurs before delivery and up to a week after. Visual loss in hellp comes from retinal artery and vein occlusions, exudative retinal detachments, and occipital infarction (stroke). Fortunately, vision loss from retinal artery spasm, retinal detachment, optic neuropathy, and cortical blindness is usually temporary.
Dr. Ehsan Sadri
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Varies: Hellp syndrome is a very disease. Recovery of visual acuity depends strictly on the management and severity of the disease. As always a comprehensive eye exam is recommended.
Last updated Oct 7, 2013

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