Hypertension Eclampsia Management, Obstetrics

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Abstract

Eclampsia is a life threatening complication of pregnancy. 

UK incidence is about 1 per 2000 maternities.

Seizure incidence: 38% pre-labour, 18% during labour, 44% postnatal

Pathophysiology is thought to involve cerebral vasospasm leading to ischaemia, disruption of the blood brain barrier and cerebral oedema. 

NOTE: this guideline is hosted on the NHSGGC Obstetrics & Gynaecology Handbook website. Clicking on the link below will open the guideline in a new window.

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Last reviewed: 12 February 2021