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What is eclampsia?

What is eclampsia?

Eclampsia: Eclampsia is an acute and life-threatening complication of pregnancy, characterized by the appearance of tonic–clonic seizures, usually in a patient who has developed pre-eclampsia. (pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are collectively called hypertensive disorder of pregnancy and toxemia of pregnancy.). ...Read more

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Eclampsia (Definition)

Seizures that occur during a woman's pregnancy or ...Read more


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What causes eclampsia?

What causes eclampsia?

Pregnancy.: Some pregnancies are afflicted by preeclampsia, a condition of widespread endothelial malfunction under the influence of placental products. In essence, the placenta never implanted well in the maternal uterus; as the fetus grows the placenta becomes increasingly stressed to provide adequate nutrients to the fetus and the maternal pressures increase. When the disease is severe, convulsions occur. ...Read more

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How long does eclampsia last?

How long does eclampsia last?

Few minutes: Typically, eclamptic seizure lasts only a few minutes and responds to treatment. ...Read more

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What are the tests for eclampsia?

What are the tests for eclampsia?

Noen are specific!: This is more a clinical diagnosis. Tests that are used look for excess protein in urine, but the picture is this. Typically patients show signs of pregnancy-induced hypertension and proteinuria prior to the onset of the hallmark of eclampsia, the eclamptic convulsion. Other cerebral signs may precede the convulsion such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, and cortical blindness. This is the extreme. ...Read more

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So what are the symptoms of eclampsia?

So what are the symptoms of eclampsia?

Follows pre eclamsia: Eclampsia means toxemia with seizures in a pregnant woman with out any preexisting brain condition. It is avery serious condition. ...Read more

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What meds do you suggest for eclampsia?

What meds do you suggest for eclampsia?

Delivery: Eclampsia is life threatening and usually requires immediate delivery by c-section in addition to aggressive treatment of the mother's hypertension and seizures. ...Read more

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If you are alone, how do you know if you have eclampsia?

Don't be: Eeclampsia is an emergent condition that requires hospitalization, delivery, and control of seizures. If you are pregnant and have risk factors for preeclampsia/eeclampsia, see an OB specialist now. To the hospital if you have headaches, visual changes, swelling (edema), nausea or vomiting, hypertension, or abdominal pain. Please don't stay alone if you gave any of these. ...Read more

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What is pre-eclampsia?

What is pre-eclampsia?

Hypertension: Pre-eclampsia is a constellation of symptoms that arise during pregnancy. It is most likely caused by substances secreted by the placenta causing damage to maternal blood vessels. As a result, blood pressure rises, protein is noted in the urine, liver enzymes may also rise. The only cure is delivery and this is indicated if symptoms are severe. ...Read more

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What is pre-eclampsia?

What is pre-eclampsia?

Pregnany condition: Pre-eclampsia is a constellation of symptoms that can occur during pregnancy. The most common symptom is high blood pressure. You can also have protein in the urine and other blood abnormalities. It can be life threatening and proceed to eclampsia (seizures). The cure is delivery. ...Read more

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What are signs of pre eclampsia?

What are signs of pre eclampsia?

Headache, high BP.: Headache, vision disturbance and hypertension are common. ...Read more

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How long does pre eclampsia last?

How long does pre eclampsia last?

Varies: Pre-eclampsia does not resolve until after the affected woman delivers. Then it can resolve in a few hours or a few days. ...Read more

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What are the signs of pre-eclampsia?

What are the signs of pre-eclampsia?

Preeclampsia: Preeclampsia is a disease that develops during the last 20 weeks of pregnancy. Symptoms are elevated blood pressures over 140/80, severe headaches, spots in vision, pain in right upper side, seizures. Other signs would only be detected with lab work including urine testing and liver, blood, and kidney dysfunction ...Read more

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Does pre-eclampsia have lasting effects?

No: Pre-eclampsia usually resolves without any problems once the baby is born. Occasionally you can have elevated blood pressures for a few weeks to months postpartum, especially if pre-eclampsia was severe and may need to take a short course of blood pressure medicine. Women with eclampsia or severe post-partum pre-eclampsia can very rarely have long-term neurologic complications. ...Read more

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What is the cause of viral propagated eclampsia?

Not science: This term is not a medically recognized one. Eclampsia is not caused by a virus. ...Read more

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Will eclampsia stop me from having a normal delivery?

Will eclampsia stop me from having a normal delivery?

No: A vaginal delivery is still possible, however, depending on you specific circumstances, you may need or be at high risk for delivery by c-section. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having consecutive cases of pre-eclampsia?

What are the chances of having consecutive cases of pre-eclampsia?

15 %: If you had a preeclampsia previously you are more prone to develop it again, compared to a mother who didn't have preeclampsia before. ...Read more

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I had pre eclampsia with my son. What are the chances I will get it again if I have another child?

25%: Pre-ecclampsia is most common with first pregnancies. Subsequent pregnancies can be complicated by pre-ecclamsia or pregnancy induced hypertension. Thankfully the risk is lower in later pregnancies and is best estimated at 25%. ...Read more

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Will any thing happen to me if I decide to have my third child after my other pregancy I had pree eclampsia and had to have both early?

Will any thing happen to me if I decide to have my third child after my other pregancy I had pree eclampsia and had to have both early?

Maybe: Recurrent preeclampsia risk is about 10% in women with previous preecampsia. The same issues from the other two pregnancies may arise again. ...Read more

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What is the first treatnent of pre-eclampsia?

What is the first treatnent of pre-eclampsia?

Pre-eclampsia. . .: The only final treatment of pre-eclampsia is delivery. If a woman is within 3 weeks of term, her doctor may consider induction. If she is still early, her doctor will try to prolong the pregnancy as long as it's safe. She'll be monitored through lab tests, ultrasounds, and frequent non-stress tests (monitoring baby's heart rate). She may also receive medications to lower her blood pressure. ...Read more

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How is eclampsia different from epilepsy?

How is eclampsia different from epilepsy?

Pregnancy induced: Eclampsia is a toxic state during pregnancy that causes severe reactions in the body including high blood pressure, protein in the urine, brisk reflexes, and seizures. Once the pregnant state resolves, the toxic state resolves. Rare cases may go on to develop chronic epilepsy. ...Read more

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Is excess protein associated with eclampsia?

Is excess protein associated with eclampsia?

Proteinuria is.: Preeclampsia is a placental disease that manifests in both maternal and fetal circulations and typically causes new or worsening maternal hypertension and proteinuria. Delivery is the only ultimate treatment, although immediate versus delayed may be an option depending on your gestational age and manifestations. Seek high-risk onstetrical care (maternal-fetal medicine specialist). Good luck! ...Read more

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How is eclampsia treated by the critical care team?

How is eclampsia treated by the critical care team?

Manage symptoms: Intensivists work with the obstetricians in a multidisciplinary, multispecialty collaborative practice team. Major treatment is to treat symptoms and manage preeclampsia. Specific treatment may include control of blood pressure, drugs for seizures. The only real treatment is delivery of the baby; the ICU team helps control the symptoms until the OB believes risk/benefit is in favor of delivery. ...Read more

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How long after you give birth can eclampsia come on?

How long after you give birth can eclampsia come on?

Eclampsia: Usually this will occur early in the post partum period, but has been report as far as one week after delivery. This is unusual and is more commonly seen pre delivery. ...Read more

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How long does visual changes associated with eclampsia last?

How long does visual changes associated with eclampsia last?

Not long: Visual changes associated with eclampsia generally does not last a long time if the condition is being properly treated. ...Read more

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What would be the best treatment and location for the eclampsia?

What would be the best treatment and location for the eclampsia?

Eclampsia: Eclampsia is a severe form of preeclampsia. Seizures which are what is presented with eclampsia is treated with anti seizure medications including Valium and phenobarbital. These medications are given in injectable forms and therefore are best given in a hospital setting. There are other medications that can be given for the treatment of eclampsia. ...Read more

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Daughter has been diagnosed with pre eclampsia. I had it also. Related?

Daughter has been diagnosed with pre eclampsia. I had it also. Related?

Sometimes: There may be a genetic factor that increases risk of pre-eclampsia, but it hasn't been identified as yet. Certainly, high blood pressure before pregnancy increases the risk of pre-eclampsia and that does run in families. ...Read more

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The likelihood of severe pre-eclampsia, and ways to avoid it before onset?

High: Your risks can be reduced by early prenatal care by an OB md and if it develops, a maternal fetal medicine specialist, nutritional counselling, and fetal non-stress testing (nst) with a biophysical profile. ...Read more

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Had a baby a week ago 5 weeks early because I had pre eclampsia. Why couldn't they wait?

Had a baby a week ago 5 weeks early because I had pre eclampsia. Why couldn't they wait?

Preeclampsia: Preeclampsia is a disease of pregnancy that progressively gets worse over time. The cure is delivery. Depending upon the symptoms and the severity of the process as well as how far pregnant a women is determines management which at times can be conservative or at times merits immediate delivery. If the process becomes severe there is risk to both the mother and the unborn fetus. ...Read more

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