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Am J Kidney Dis. 1993 Mar;21(3):310-3.

Preeclampsia related to a functioning extrauterine placenta: report of a case and 25-year follow-up.

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Department of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee 53226.


We report the case of a patient with preeclampsia due to an extrauterine, intra-abdominal pregnancy. After the fetus was delivered, but while the functioning placenta remained in the abdomen, preeclampsia, which was documented by clinical data and a kidney biopsy, persisted until the placenta was removed 99 days postpartum. A kidney biopsy 21 months postpartum was normal. Twenty-five years later, her kidney function and blood pressure were normal. The observation of this patient supports the view that the placenta must be intact for the development of preeclampsia and is the first description of endotheliosis in a kidney biopsy from a hypertensive woman with an intra-abdominal pregnancy.

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