Eclampsia

Common Name(s)

Eclampsia

Eclampsia is a very serious condition in pregnant women. Eclampsia follows a condition called preeclampsia, which is caused by high blood pressure and large amounts of protein in the urine. If not treated, preeclampsia may turn into eclampsia, in which symptoms include intense headaches, confusion, vision changes, seizures and unconsciousness that may lead to a coma. Eclampsia is dangerous for both the mother and the baby, but in the majority of cases, preeclampsia is diagnosed and treated by a physician before it develops into eclampsia. Primary treatment for eclampsia involves recognition of preeclampsia and anti-seizure medication to prevent the woman from moving into eclampsia. If this is not done, treatment of eclampsia includes immediately delivering the baby and medication to control high blood pressure and stop seizures. Eclampsia is dangerous, but recognizing symptoms of preeclampsia early is the best way to prevent it.

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H.E.L.L.P. Syndrome International Foundation, S.a, UK, USA

HELLP Syndrome is a life-threatening condition to both mother and unborn baby during gestation. Our goal: To enhance and extend life.

Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013

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Preeclampsia Foundation

The Preeclampsia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce maternal and infant illness and death due to preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy by providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving health care practices. We envision a world where preeclampsia no longer threatens the lives of mothers and babies.

Last Updated: 23 Oct 2014

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Following organizations serve the condition "Eclampsia" for support, advocacy or research.

H.E.L.L.P. Syndrome International Foundation, S.a, UK, USA

HELLP Syndrome is a life-threatening condition to both mother and unborn baby during gestation. Our goal: To enhance and extend life.

Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013

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Preeclampsia Foundation

The Preeclampsia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce maternal and infant illness and death due to preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy by providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving health care practices. We envision a world where preeclampsia no longer threatens the lives of mothers and babies.

http://www.preeclampsia.org

Last Updated: 23 Oct 2014

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The Preeclampsia Registry

The Preeclampsia Registry is a "Living Database" bringing together those affected, their family members, and researchers to advance knowledge and discover preventions and treatments for preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome, and related hypertensive disorders

Updated 23 Oct 2014

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Eclampsia" returned 882 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Endothelial dysfunction in the pathogenesis of pre-eclampsia in Ghanaian women.
 

Author(s): Kwame Adu-Bonsaffoh, Daniel Ansong Antwi, Ben Gyan, Samuel Amenyi Obed

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Pre-eclampsia (PE) remains a disease of theories despite extensive research into its etiology. Alteration in the production of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a biomarker of endothelial dysfunction, is associated with pre-eclampsia although conflicting reports have been ...

Last Updated: 30 Mar 2017

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Long term effects of gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia on kidney function: Record linkage study.
 

Author(s): D Ayansina, C Black, S J Hall, A Marks, C Millar, G J Prescott, K Wilde, S Bhattacharya

Journal: Pregnancy Hypertens. 2016 Oct;6(4):344-349.

 

To assess the long term effects of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy on renal function.

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2016

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Community health worker knowledge and management of pre-eclampsia in southern Mozambique.
 

Author(s): Helena Boene, Marianne Vidler, Orvalho Augusto, Mohsin Sidat, Eusébio Macete, Clara Menéndez, Diane Sawchuck, Rahat Qureshi, Peter von Dadelszen, Khátia Munguambe, Esperança Sevene,

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Mozambique has drastically improved an array of health indicators in recent years, including maternal mortality rates which decreased 63 % from 1990-2013 but the rates still high. Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia constitute the third major cause of maternal death in the country. Women ...

Last Updated: 10 Oct 2016

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The terms "Eclampsia" returned 108 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Inter-pregnancy interval and risk of recurrent pre-eclampsia: systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Gabriela Cormick, Ana Pilar Betrán, Agustín Ciapponi, David R Hall, G Justus Hofmeyr,

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Women with a history of pre-eclampsia have a higher risk of developing pre-eclampsia in subsequent pregnancies. However, the role of the inter-pregnancy interval on this association is unclear.

Last Updated: 19 Jul 2016

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Nursing care for women with pre-eclampsia and/or eclampsia: integrative review.
 

Author(s): Maria Beatriz Guimarães Ferreira, Caroline Freitas Silveira, Sueli Riul da Silva, Delvane José de Souza, Mariana Torreglosa Ruiz

Journal: Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2016 Apr;50(2):324-34.

 

To analyze the available evidence in the literature on nursing care for women with pre-eclampsia and/or eclampsia.

Last Updated: 7 Jul 2016

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No Hypertensive Disorder of Pregnancy; No Preeclampsia-eclampsia; No Gestational Hypertension; No Hellp Syndrome. Vascular Disorder of Pregnancy Speaks for All.
 

Author(s): Yifru Berhan

Journal: Ethiop J Health Sci. 2016 Mar;26(2):177-86.

 

Hypertensive disorders complicate 5%-10% of pregnancies with increasing incidence mainly due to upward trends in obesity globally. In the last century, several terminologies have been introduced to describe the spectrum of this disease. The current and widely used classification of ...

Last Updated: 25 May 2016

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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CA-125 and Severity of Pre-Eclampsia
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Pre-Eclampsia

 

Last Updated: 17 Mar 2016

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Saccadic Reaction Time and Preterm Pre-eclampsia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Pre-eclampsia

 

Last Updated: 3 Apr 2017

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Phenylephrine Versus Ephedrine in Pre-eclampsia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Pre-eclampsia

 

Last Updated: 23 Mar 2017

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