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Curr Hypertens Rep. 2014 Aug;16(8):454. doi: 10.1007/s11906-014-0454-8.

Pre-eclampsia: an update.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of British Columbia, Rm V3-339, 950 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4H4, Canada,


Pre-eclampsia remains the second leading direct cause of maternal death, >99 % of which occurs in less developed countries. Over 90 percent of the observed reduction in pre-eclampsia-related maternal deaths in the UK (1952-2008) occurred with antenatal surveillance and timed delivery. In this review, we discuss the pathogenesis, diagnostic criteria, disease prediction models, prevention and management of pre-eclampsia. The Pre-eclampsia Integrated Estimate of RiSk (PIERS) models and markers of angiogenic imbalance identify women at incremental risk for severe pre-eclampsia complications. For women at high risk of developing pre-eclampsia, low doses of aspirin (especially if started <17 weeks) and calcium are evidence-based preventative strategies; heparin is less so. Severe hypertension must be treated and the Control of Hypertension In Pregnancy (CHIPS) Trial (reporting: 2014) will guide non-severe hypertension management. Magnesium sulfate prevents and treats eclampsia; there is insufficient evidence to support alternative regimens. Pre-eclampsia predicts later cardiovascular disease; however, at this time we do not know what to do about it.

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