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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Toxemia (Overview)

Toxemia = blood poisoning by toxins. Toxemia is also a name for preeclampsia ( ^'ed blood pressure, albuminuria & edema in pregnancy).


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Do a lot of people get toxemia?

Do a lot of people get toxemia?

Toxemia: Those people that already had toxemia with other baby are at a much higher risk of developing the disease with the next pregnancies. Averages around 25% for this people. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
229 doctors shared insights

Toxemia (Overview)

Toxemia = blood poisoning by toxins. Toxemia is also a name for preeclampsia ( ^'ed blood pressure, albuminuria & edema in pregnancy).


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What are the most common symptoms of toxemia?

What are the most common symptoms of toxemia?

Multiple: Swelling especially in the hands/face, headaches, blurry vision, nausea or vomiting are warning signs. If you have any of the above symptoms - see your doctor right away. Your doc will check your blood pressure & your urine for protein to check for toxemia (preeclampsia, pih-pregnancy induced hypertension). Straight to l&d if you have abdominal pain (esp over your liver), vision loss, or seizures. ...Read more

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How much urine do doctors need to test for toxemia and how many times do they repeat the 24hour test?

How much urine do doctors need to test for toxemia and how many times do they repeat the 24hour test?

24 hour urine test: 24-hr urine looks at the total amount of protein excreted in the urine throughout a 24-hr period. Amount is not important, 24-hr collection is. The test is often repeated weekly or sometimes even more often until delivery. The purpose of repeat testing is to balance timing of delivery - not too early for premature baby, not too late for serious risks to mother. ...Read more

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My doctor is running tests for toxemia but my blood pressure isn't always high..Could I still have it?

My doctor is running tests for toxemia but my blood pressure isn't always high..Could I still have it?

Sure!: Toxemia is an older term for preeclampsia - pregnancy-related hypertension that can lead to convulsions (eclampsia), acute liver or kidney failure, placental abruption, pulmonary edema or stroke. In order to meet the criteria for diagnosis your blood pressure does not have to be consistently increased - two episodes >140/90 mmhg at least 6 hours apart suffice (along with proteinuria). ...Read more

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Can toxemia cause parkinson's?

No evidence it does: If by toxemia you mean what physicians call preeclampsia or the hellp syndrome, there are no known associations with parkinson's disease. If you have seen a familial link, let your physician know as it may lead to an interesting discovery. ...Read more

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What does it mean if someone dies of pneumonia due to toxemia?

Many systems fail: Pneumonia, usually due to bacteria, but some viruses, causes failure of many organs, toxemia usually applies to pregnancy complications, not always associated with pneumonia. To answer your question properly, you need to define your question, whether it refers to pregnancy, or patients very ill with pneumonia who are not pregnant. And die from life threatening pneumonia. ...Read more

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My first child was delivered by emergency c-section because i had a complete abruption caused by toxemia that was not treated. I was given high doses?

Abruption: Abruption and toxemia commonly are seen together because of the high blood pressures seen in toxemia. I'm not sure what you were given high doses of but Pitocin (oxytocin) in very high doses can contribute to abruption also. Hopefully your next pregnancy will not be so complicated. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for toxemia?

What is the treatment for toxemia?

Delivery: Toxemia is only relieved or cured with the delivery of the baby. If toxemia develops before the pregnancy is carried to full-term, medications, bedrest and close monitoring may be used to try to keep mother & baby stable until baby is a little more mature. Magnesium sulfate is used to reduce seizure risk prior to and during delivery, and other blood pressure medications may be used as well. ...Read more

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What are some ways to get rid of blood poisoning?

What are some ways to get rid of blood poisoning?

See a doctor: This will need to be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are symptoms when your pregnant gf gets toxemia?

What are symptoms when your pregnant gf gets toxemia?

Preeclampsia: Toxemia of pregnancy, or preeclampsia, is a multi-system disorder involving high blood pressure and proteinuria in the last half of pregnancy. The degree of hypertension and proteinuria, and the presence or absence of other clinical manifestations of the disease vary from patient to patient. About 1/4 of patients will have nonspecific symptoms like headache, belly pain, and visual changes. ...Read more

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Why does baby aspirin reduce risk of toxemia?

Why does baby aspirin reduce risk of toxemia?

Not clear...: It seems to work better in early pregnancy - in studies, Aspirin reduced risk when started before 16 weeks - so it probably helps the placenta to form properly. ...Read more

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Can healthy women with no history of high blood pressure develop pre eclampsia?Is it true epsom salt baths help prevent pre eclampsia?

Can healthy women with no history of high blood pressure develop pre eclampsia?Is it true epsom salt baths help prevent pre eclampsia?

P.I.H. not "PIG": Pregnancy induced hypertension (pih) can progressed to make one swell and look like a pig(pregnancy induced gondola). Yes, healthy women can develop pih (pre-eclampsia) especially if there diet is unhealthy. Epsom salts contain magnesium which when infused IV can stop pih seizures( but not prevent pih(eclampsia). Epsom salt magnesium is not what is infused at that time. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get toxemia?

Toxemia: Those people that already had toxemia with other baby are at a much higher risk of developing the disease with the next pregnancies. Averages around 25% for this people. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of toxemia?

Multiple: Swelling especially in the hands/face, headaches, blurry vision, nausea or vomiting are warning signs. If you have any of the above symptoms - see your doctor right away. Your doc will check your blood pressure & your urine for protein to check for toxemia (preeclampsia, pih-pregnancy induced hypertension). Straight to l&d if you have abdominal pain (esp over your liver), vision loss, or seizures. ...Read more

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What indicates toxemia? Bp high number, low number, or is it just a change from previous?

High blood pressure: Toxemia, also called preeclampsia, is diagnosed after 20 weeks gestation if your blood pressure is greater than 140/90 on 2 occasions 6 hours apart, and you have more than 300 mg of protein in your urine in a 24-hour urine sample. ...Read more

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Is toxemia & preeclampsia hereditary?

Familial: The pathogenic mechanisms underlying pre-eclampsia remain to be elucidated; however, immune maladaptation, inadequate placental development and trophoblast invasion, placental ischaemia, oxidative stress and thrombosis are all thought to represent key factors in the development of disease. Furthermore, all of these components have genetic factors that may be involved in the pathogenic changes. ...Read more

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What is the heredity pattern of toxemia?

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. ...Read more

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How fast will toxemia go away after delivery?

Less than 24 hours: Toxemia or pre-eclampsia complicates about 8% of pregnancies. The cure for toxemia is delivery and the resolution usually starts in less than 24 hours. However, it can take days or weeks for the disorder to completely resolve - and it could recurr even several weeks after delivery after it has seemed to go away. Importantly, some cases of toxemia do not even start until after delivery. ...Read more