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What is hellp syndrome?

What is hellp syndrome?

Preeclampsia: It is a severe form of preeclampsia or toxemia of pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Elizabeth Lazarus
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Hellp Syndrome (Definition)

A condition that occurs in pregnant women, involving hemolysis (breakdown of red blood cells), elevated liver enzymes, and ...Read more


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Hellp syndrome is what!?

Hellp syndrome is what!?

Severe Pre Eclampsia: Hellp syndrome is a form of severe pre eclampsia that is characterized by elevated blood pressures +protein in the urine, he - hemolysis (the breakdown of red blood cells), el-elevated liver enzymes and lp-low platelet count. Patients may experience severe headaches, blurred vision, abdominal pain, nausea, swelling... Most often this occurs late in the pregnancy. The cause for hellp is unknown. ...Read more

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How common is hellp syndrome?

How common is hellp syndrome?

HEELP syndrome: It is an infrequent form of severe preeclampsia consisting of hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelets. It is a high risk condition with possible severe complications. ...Read more

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Anyone treated hellp syndrome?

Anyone treated hellp syndrome?

Yes: The cure for hellp syndrome is delivery. The good news is it usually develops late in the pregnancy. Although the baby maybe premature, many of them will do fine. Your doctor may give steroids in order to help the baby's lungs mature more quickly. Medication maybe used to control blood pressure, prevent seizures, and correct problems with blood clotting. Transfusion of blood poducts maybe needed. ...Read more

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Can you explain hellp syndrome?

Can you explain hellp syndrome?

Immune Drama: The immune basis of preeclampsia has not been solved. Hellp represents the most severe form of this condition. Events affecting the maternal blood vessels and kidneys activate the platelets to be consumed resulting in this clinical model. The liver and kidneys swell to the point of failure. ...Read more

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What exactly is hellp syndrome?

What exactly is hellp syndrome?

Preeclampsia complic: Hellp syndrome is a rare complication of preeclampsia or high blood pressure of pregnancy. It results from vascular dysfunction in your liver and renal vessels preferentially in the setting of severe preeclampsia. Unless promptly delivered and expertly treated, it can cause severe complications or even maternal/fetal death. ...Read more

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How long does hellp syndrome last?

How long does hellp syndrome last?

Depends: That? Should be directed to your OB and the perinatologist as they know your specific situation, your? Does not have a general answer so discuss this with them. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for hellp syndrome?

Who is at risk for hellp syndrome?

Several: Women at the earlier and later range of childbearing age (teens and women closer to menopause), women with underlying hypertension, women having their first child, women with a history of hellp in a prior pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hellp syndrome?

What are the tests for hellp syndrome?

HELLP: Hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelets (hellp) syndrome is considered a variation of severe preeclampsia (a pregnancy complication). It is diagnosed (as the name suggests) by testing for signs of ruptures red blood cells (hemolysis), elevated liver enzymes, and low platelets. Your OB doc will be watching for this as part of your prenatal care. ...Read more

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Online site relating to hellp syndrome?

Online site relating to hellp syndrome?

Yes I wil: Her it is>http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/hellp_syndrome good luck. ...Read more

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What is the etiology for hellp syndrome?

What is the etiology for hellp syndrome?

Severe Pre Eclampsia: Hellp syndrome is a form of severe pre eclampsia that is characterized by elevated blood pressures +protein in the urine, he - hemolysis (the breakdown of red blood cells), el-elevated liver enzymes and lp-low platelet count. Patients may experience severe headaches, blurred vision, abdominal pain, nausea, swelling... Most often this occurs late in the pregnancy. The cause for hellp is unknown. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hellp syndrome?

What are the symptoms of hellp syndrome?

Toxemia: Hellp is an acronym for hemolysis, elevated liver function tests, and low platelets. Many patients with hellp have symptoms of pre-eclampsia like high blood pressure, headaches, visual disturbances, and epigastric pain but many hellp patients don't have these symptoms. ...Read more

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Could you tell me more about hellp syndrome?

Could you tell me more about hellp syndrome?

Bad news.: Hellp syndrome is a severe and potentially life threatening complications of preeclampsia that can only be treated with delivery of the fetus and placenta. It results from severe liver and kidney failure as a consequence of placental problems. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever had healthy baby if hellp syndrome?

Has anyone ever had healthy baby if hellp syndrome?

Yes: You can have a healthy pregnancy with hellp syndrome. Your doctor will work hard to safely get you as far along in the pregnancy as possible. Medicine has come a long way! Ideally, we like 4 babies to make it as close to 40 weeks as possible. But if your doctor decides it is safer for the baby to be delivered, depending on your little one's gestational age, he or she maybe fine. Be positive! ...Read more

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Are there habits that make hellp syndrome more likely?

Are there habits that make hellp syndrome more likely?

HELLP: Hellp is thought by many to be a serious variant of pre-eclampsia. The cause is unknown, but is most likely related to placentation and maternal vascular changes in the first trimester. So, habits won't make hellp more likely. ...Read more

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If you have hellp syndrome do you have to get delivered?

If you have hellp syndrome do you have to get delivered?

Most definitely!: In few occasions and under very close watch by a high risk specialist, delivery can be delayed for hours and even days to allow steroids to mature the baby's lungs. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hellp syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: Hellp syndrome?

HELLP Syndrome: HELLP syndrome is named for 3 features of the disease (hemolysis, elevated liver enzyme levels, and low platelet levels). It is a life-threatening condition that can potentially complicate pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for hellp syndrome?

What is the treatment for hellp syndrome?

Delivery promptly.: Prompt delivery of the fetus (es) and placenta (s) is the only way to treat hellp syndrome. Temporizing measures such as Magnesium Sulfate for maternal seizure prophylaxis and blood pressure control are essential for maternal support but do not treat the underlying pathophysiology. ...Read more

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In the hellp syndrome, will pt & ptt be normal?

In the hellp syndrome, will pt & ptt be normal?

May be abnormal: In patients with hellp syndrome, the pt and PTT maybe prolonged. In other words, the clotting time maybe prolonged which may lead to problems with bleeding. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of hellp syndrome?

HELLP syndrome: Hellp syndrome is a severe form of pre-eclampsia where the liver enzymes are elevated and platlets are dangerously low. This is found on lab work. Blood pressure is high, there is elevated protein in the urine. She may have vision changes, severe headache, vomitting, pain in the upper right belly, and possibly seizures or strokes. Delivery is crucial to save mom, no matter how many weeks till due. ...Read more

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If you have hellp syndrome, will pt & ptt be normal or prolonged?

If you have hellp syndrome, will pt & ptt be normal or prolonged?

Normal usually.: Unless your liver has completely shut down (fulminant liver failure with or without liver capsule hematoma) and/or your placenta has abrupted, your coagulation tests aptt/pt/inr should remain normal. Your platelet count and bleeding time may be increased though. Expert care and prompt dleivery are warranted regardless of gestational age. ...Read more

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Differences between preeclampsia and hellp syndrome?

Differences between preeclampsia and hellp syndrome?

Liver: Liver involved in HELLP syndrome and pre-eclampsia or eclampsia spares liver ...Read more

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How long does visual changes associated with hellp syndrome last?

How long does visual changes associated with hellp syndrome last?

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! ...Read more

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If you had the hellp syndrome while pregnant will you have hellp syndrome again?

If you had the hellp syndrome while pregnant will you have hellp syndrome again?

Possibly: A patient who has had a previous pregnancy affected by hellp syndrome is at increased risk of having another pregnancy affected by hellp syndrome. It is also possible to have a healthy unaffected pregnancy. Your doctor will monitor you closlely. ...Read more

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Explain hellp syndrome (during pregnancy)?

Explain hellp syndrome (during pregnancy)?

I will try: Her is web site could give details on that subject. Good luck.
http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/hellp_syndrome. ...Read more

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I'm so worried about hellp syndrome. Will it end my pregnancy?

I'm so worried about hellp syndrome. Will it end my pregnancy?

Preg will be shorter: The cure for hellp syndrome is delivery. The good news is it usually develops late in the pregnancy. Although the baby maybe premature, many of them will do fine. Your doctor may give steroids in order to help the baby's lungs mature more quickly. Medication maybe used to control blood pressure, prevent seizures, and correct problems with blood clotting. Transfusion of blood poducts maybe needed. ...Read more

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How long postpartum, can women have/show HELLP syndrome symptoms?

How long postpartum, can women have/show HELLP syndrome symptoms?

Weeks: Although less likely than when you are pregnant, the HELLP syndrome can present 4 to 6 weeks postpartum. ...Read more

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How much time to wait after having preeclampsia and hellp syndrome?

PREECLAMPSIA: Severe preeclampsia and Hellp syndrome caries a high mortality among pregnant women due to severe D.I.C. Occurring during the 2nd and 3rd trimeste. Early DX and RX is important. ...Read more

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Can you get hellp syndrome if you are not pregnant?

Can you get hellp syndrome if you are not pregnant?

No.: Hellp syndrome is a pregnancy-specific condition. Similar syndromes but not hellp can be seen in renal transplant patients on cyclosporine, with hepatorenal syndrome, or in advanced liver cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic component involved in HELLP syndrome?

Unknown: Good question. The underlying cause of preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome is one of the great unanswered questions in obstetrics. Hopefully one day we will know the answer and find a way to predict and prevent it ...Read more

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Has anyone ever developed hellp syndrome while not pregnant?

Has anyone ever developed hellp syndrome while not pregnant?

Nope: Hellp syndrome is specific to pregnancy. Certainly there are liver and blood problems that may look like hellp but aren't in non-pregnant people. By definition, you have to be pregnant or recently (last 6 months) been pregnant to have hellp. For those of you that don't know, hellp is a complication of pregnancy where the blood counts get very low and the liver starts to malfunction. ...Read more

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My ALT levels are 77 and my PLT count is 174. Also, my RBC count is 3.65. Am I at risk for hellp syndrome?

My ALT levels are 77 and my PLT count is 174. Also, my RBC count is 3.65. Am I at risk for hellp syndrome?

Not: It's a life-thretening complication of the pregnancy, which happens at the later stages of pregnancy. And besides of the laboratory findings, there are some definitive clinical presentation, which your doctor is aware of.
But it's ok to follow up with your ob/gyn to find out more about your lab findings. ...Read more

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Does pregnancy-induced hypertension cause hellp syndrome?

Does pregnancy-induced hypertension cause hellp syndrome?

No: Pih includes both gestational hypertension, which is a benign condition where the woman's blood pressure increases slightly without the associated proteinuria, edema or lab abnormalities found in pre-eclampsia. Hellp syndrome is a variant of severe pre-eclampsia characterized by hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low-platelets. Blood pressure may be high as well. ...Read more

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Severe headaches during pregnancy. Does this mean I have hellp syndrome?

Severe headaches during pregnancy. Does this mean I have hellp syndrome?

No: Hellp syndrome is a complex af elevated blood pressure, protein in the urine and abnormal lab results. Headaches can be part if this picture. A person can have migraine headaches or other type headaches while pregnant that are not associated with blood pressure changes and therefore not hellp syndrome. ...Read more

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I developed hellp syndrome at 37 weeks. Will my next pregnancy be considered "high risk" because of my increased risk of developing it again?

I developed hellp syndrome at 37 weeks. Will my next pregnancy be considered "high risk" because of my increased risk of developing it again?

Yes: In pregnacies where women develop hellp syndrome, they are at increase risk to develop again in future pregnancies. You should seek care early. ...Read more

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How long does swelling of legs or abdomen associated with hellp syndrome last?

How long does swelling of legs or abdomen associated with hellp syndrome last?

See below: Actually hellp and preeclampsia really are not associated with swelling - this is still in the old text books, but we do not use swelling as an indication for for hellp or preeclampsia. ...Read more

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Having had hellp syndrome with child 1 15 yrs ago, am I likely to have complications later with liver or high blood pressure?

Having had hellp syndrome with child 1 15 yrs ago, am I likely to have complications later with liver or high blood pressure?

I suggest: That you look up hellp syndrome in wikipedia where there is an excellent discussion. Unfortunately it does not indicate the possibility of recurrence. ...Read more