Risk of post-partum pre-eclampsia and eclampsia persist after delivery

Delayed post-partum pre-eclampsia and eclampsia remain risks for maternal health in the week following delivery, regardless of whether there is a maternal history of hypertension or whether hypertensive disease has developed prior to hospital discharge, according to a recent study.

“The sudden appearance of post-partum eclampsia can be a rude shock to all, and a serious hazard to the mother as well as the neonate.”
-Sharad Gogate, MD, ob/gyn and perinatologist in Mumbai, India, and a member of mdCurrent-India’s Ob/Gyn Editorial Advisory Board

Hypertensive diseases of pregnancy are the second-leading cause of maternal mortality, contributing to 50,000 to 75,000 annual maternal deaths worldwide, with a higher rate in developing countries such as India. Although less common, pre-eclampsia and eclampsia may occur during...

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