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What is pre-eclampsia?

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that develops during or very soon after pregnancy. It is one of the most common serious complications of pregnancy and can threaten the lives of both the mother and baby. It is characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Some women may also develop swelling, especially in the hands, feet and face.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 14 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: HELLP syndrome

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