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Monday, July 17, 2006

PRE-ECLAMPSIA / ECLAMPSIA


*Eclampsia is a serious complication of pregnancy.It is known as toxemia of pregnancy
and in the pre-eclmptic phase is characterized by severe headache , nausea, vomiting ,high blood pressure and proteinuria.The pregnant woman may have seizures and ultimately become comatose.
Measures to avoid Pre-eclampsia and Eclampsia ( Sessions 15) include Magnesium Sulfate infusions. The mother should be closely monitored for signs and sympoms of central nervous system and respiratory depression. Lethargy and a decrease in tendon reflexes are noted if too much Magnesium is infused. ICU monitoring is usually necessary.
* Chapter 3

AN UPDATE WITH MORE HELPFUL INFORMATION CAN BE ACCESSED BY CLICKING ON THE LINK: THE CLINICAL SETTING STEP BY STEP, chapter3.

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