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Indian Pediatr. 1993 Jun;30(6):771-3.

Maternal and perinatal mortality due to eclampsia.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.


Forty-four mothers with eclampsia and their newborns managed during the year 1988 at the University Hospital of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi were analyzed. The incidence of eclampsia was 2.2% of all hospital deliveries. Eclampsia was more common in women (below 20 years) and at gestation of 36 weeks and below, and amongst the mothers deprived of antenatal care. The maternal mortality amongst cases of eclampsia was 31.8% and perinatal loss was 38.6%. A relatively high incidence of eclampsia and maternal and perinatal loss was considered to be related to lack of antenatal care and late referral to the hospital. Our findings suggest that more frequent use of properly timed cesarean section can improve the maternal outcome.

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