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my niece is 37 weeks pregnant, and when she went to the hospital last night the doc said that shes got preaclampsia. shes to go in on the 19th for a c section anyway, but after being in the hospital 4 hours she left bored, is it serious and should she have stayed in. shes only 17 and very imature


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replied February 22nd, 2007
Pregnancy Complications Answer A2340
Pre-eclampsia is a complication experience by women in the third trimester of pregnancy with an unknown cause. Pre-eclampsia should be taken very seriously because it can be turn into eclampsia, which is a life-threatening condition. Pre-eclampsia manifests with 3 main signs: swelling, proteins in the urine (proteinuria) and high blood pressure (arterial hypertension). Eclampsia is an urgent condition that include the same signs, plus seizures. The seizures during eclampsia are similar to those in epilepsy, but here the attacks do not stop spontaneously but become more and more prolonged until the mother dies because she can’t take a breath. The only solution for treating eclampsia is to terminate the pregnancy via normal delivery or c-section. A pregnancy termination can be delayed, in easier forms of pre-eclampsia, if women respond to the therapy administered. If pre-eclampsia is severe or does not respond to the given therapy, the pregnancy should be terminated.
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