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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE ECLAMPSIA DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is eclampsia syndrome in pregnancy?

Eclampsia is a severe pregnancy complication that can occur in women who already have preeclampsia, a complication that can develop after 20 weeks of gestation. Preeclampsia is characterized by the emergence of high blood pressure (more than 140 mm Hg systolic, or more than 90 mm Hg diastolic), along with kidney problems that cause proteinuria (protein in the urine at levels than 300 mg per 24 hours), or with problems with other internal organs. Preeclampsia is defined as severe if the systolic pressure climbs higher than 160 mm Hg, or the diastolic pressure climbs higher than 110 mmHg. If seizures develop in a woman with high blood pressure and the internal organ dysfunction of preeclampsia, the condition is then called eclampsia.


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