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Lancet. 1976 Aug 14;2(7981):323-5.

Use of coagulation tests to predict the clinical progress of pre-eclampsia.


The clinical manifestations of severe pre-eclampsia are normally separated from those of mild pre-eclampsia and normal pregnancy on arbitrary grounds. A clinical index, based on the increase in diastolic blood-pressure and the presence of proteinuria, was developed to reflect the spectrum of disease from mild to severe pre-eclampsia. This was related to a coagulation index based on the platelet-count, plasma-factor-VIII, and serum-fibrinolytic-degradation-products. The two indices were shown to be strongly correlated. All cases of perinatal death associated with pre-eclampsia had coagulation indices in the most severely abnormal range. These results suggest that intravascular coagulation is a highly characteristic feature of pre-eclampsia and that the coagulation index may be of value in monitoring the progress of the disease.

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