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PREECLAMPSIA & ECLAMPSIA. Objective :-. A unique disease ( syndrome ) of pregnant woman in the second half of pregnancy. Carries significant maternal & fetal morbidity and mortality. Two criteria for diagnosing preeclampsia hypertension & proteinuria, in eclampsia

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  • A unique disease (syndrome) of pregnant woman in the second half of pregnancy.

  • Carries significant maternal & fetal morbidity and mortality.

  • Two criteria for diagnosing preeclampsia

    hypertension & proteinuria, in eclampsia

    tonic and clonic convulsions.

  • The definite cure of preeclamsia & eclampsia is delivery.

Defenition of preeclampsia
Defenition of preeclampsia:-

The presence of hypertension of at least

140/90 mm Hg recorded on two separate

occasions at least 4 hours apart and in the

presence of at least 300 mg protein in a

24 hours collection of urine arrising de novo

after the 20th week gestation in a previously

normotensive women and resolving

completetly by the sixth postpartum week.

Classification of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy
Classification of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy

  • Preeclampsia / eclampsia

  • Chronic hypertension

  • Chronic hypertension with superimposed


  • Gestational or transient hypertension

Aetiology of preeclampsia
Aetiology of preeclampsia:-

(Genetic predisposition)

(Abnormal immunological response)

(Deficient trophoplast invasion)

(Hypoperfused placenta)

(Circulating factors)

(Vascular endothelial cell activation)

(Clinical manifestations of the disease)

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  • Incidence

    3% of pregnancies.


  • More common in primigravid

  • There is 3-4 fold increase in first degree relatives of affected women.

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Risk Factors for preeclampsia

  • Condition in which the placenta is enlarged (DM,MP,hydrops)

  • Pre-existing hyertension or renal diseases.

  • Pre-existing vascular disease (diabetes,autoimmune vasculitis)


Defective trophoplast invasion hypoperfused placenta release factors (growth factors,

Cytokines) vascular endothelial cell


  • Vasospasm hypertension

  • Endothelial cell damage oedema, hemoconcentration

  • Kidneys,glomeruloendotheliosis proteinuria,reduced uric excretion and oligouria.

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  • Liver,subendothelial fibrin deposition

    elevated liver,hemorrhage,infarction,liver rupture and epigastric pain.

  • Blood thrombocytopenia,DIC,HELLP syndrome.

  • Placental vasospasm placental infarction,placental abruptio& uteroplacental perfusion IUGR.

  • CNS vasospasm&oedema headache,

    visual symptons(blurred vision,spots,

scotoma) hyperreflexia and convulsions.

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Symptoms of preeclampsia

  • Headache

  • May be symptomless

  • Visual symptoms

  • Epigastric and right abdominal pain

    Signs of preeclampsia

  • Hypertension

  • Non dependent oedema

  • Brisk reflexes

  • Ankle clonus(more than 3 beats)

  • Fundal height

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  • Urinalysis by dipstick

  • 24hours urine collection

  • Full blood count(platelets&haematocrit)

  • Renal function(uric acid,s.creatinine,urea)

  • Liver function tests

  • Coagulation profile

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  • Uss(growth parameters,fetal size,AF)

  • CTG

  • BPP

  • Doppler

    Management of preeclampsia


  • Early recognition of the syndrome

  • Awarness of the serious nature of the condition

  • Adherence to agreed guidelines(protocol)

  • Well timed delivery

  • Postnatal follow up and counselling for future pregnancy

  • REMEMBER: Delivery is the only cure for preeclampsia

Preeclampsia eclampsia

A Mild preeclampsia

Diastolic blood pressure 90-95mmhg

minimal proteinurea,normal heamatological

and biochemical parameters,no fetal

compromise.Deliver at term.

B severe preeclampsia (BP>160/110MMHG,

urine protein 5grams 3+ )

Abnormal haematological and biochemical

parameters,abnormal fetal findings

1. Control blood pressure(aim to keep

BP 90-95mmgh )

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Transfer patient to tertiary center if her

Condition permits.

If fetus is preterm give mother 12mg

Dexamethasone im twice 12hs apart to enhance lung maturity.

Deliver c/s or vaginal.

Avoid ergometrine in 3rd stage.

Give anticoagulant.

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Complications of preeclampsia:-



  • CVA

  • HEELP syndrome

  • Pulmonary oedema

  • Adult RDS

  • Renal failure


  • IUGR

  • IUFD

  • Abruptio placenta


Preeclampsia eclampsia


Is a life threatening complications of preeclampsia,defined as tonic,clonic convulsions in a pregnant woman in the absence of any other neurological or metabolic causes.It is an obstetric emergency.

It occurs antenatal,intrapartum,postpartum

(after delivery 24-48hs)

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Management(carried out by a team)

1.Turn the patient on her side

2.Ensure clear airway(suction,mouth gag)

3.Maintain iv access

4.Stop fits(mag.sul,diazepam)

5.Control BP(hydralazine,labetalol)

6.Intake & output chart


clotting profile,cross match)

8.Monitor patient and her fetus

9.After stabilization(BPcontrolled,no

convulsions,hypoxia controlled) deliver

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  • Drug of choice in ecclampsia

  • Given iv,im(4-6gr bolus dose,1-2gr maintenance)

  • Acts as cerebral vasodilator and menbrane stabilizer

  • Over dose lead to respiratory depression

    and cardiac arrest

  • Monitor patient(reflexes,RR,urine output)

  • Antidote cal.gluconate 10ml 10%.

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Dr.Ghada Abed Almalki

Ob/Gyne demonstrator