Eclampsia

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Eclampsia is a very serious condition in pregnant women. Eclampsia follows a condition called preeclampsia, which is caused by high blood pressure and large amounts of protein in the urine. If not treated, preeclampsia may turn into eclampsia, in which symptoms include intense headaches, confusion, vision changes, seizures and unconsciousness that may lead to a coma. Eclampsia is dangerous for both the mother and the baby, but in the majority of cases, preeclampsia is diagnosed and treated by a physician before it develops into eclampsia. Primary treatment for eclampsia involves recognition of preeclampsia and anti-seizure medication to prevent the woman from moving into eclampsia. If this is not done, treatment of eclampsia includes immediately delivering the baby and medication to control high blood pressure and stop seizures. Eclampsia is dangerous, but recognizing symptoms of preeclampsia early is the best way to prevent it.

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