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Eclampsia

Information about Eclampsia

We Have to Know about the Eclampsia

  • Eclampsia is a convulsive disease occurring in pregnant, pertinent or puerperal women usually characterized by high blood pressure, edema, and symptoms as a headache, dizziness, disturbance of vision, epigastric pain, convulsions, coma, sometimes ending fatally

Could be dangerous if the answer is yes for any one of the following

  • a severe headache and a rise in blood pressure

Causes of Eclampsia

  • Patients with cerebral dysrhythmia are more prone to develop convulsions in pregnancy-induced hypertension

Do’s and Don’ts of Eclampsia

  • decrease the blood pressure

Signs & Symptoms of Eclampsia

  • A headache
  • Giddiness
  • Disturbances of vision
  • Flashes of light
  • Photophobia or even complete blindness
  • Vomiting
  • Epigastric Pain
  • The sudden rise of Blood Pressure
  • The diminished quantity of urine

Medical advice for Eclampsia

  • When there is the severe rise of BP 160/100
  • Pain in the epigastrium
  • Blurred Vision
  • A headache

Risk factors of Eclampsia

  • Eclampsia, like pre-eclampsia, tends to occur more commonly in first pregnancies. Women who have long term high blood pressure before becoming pregnant have a greater risk of pre-eclampsia. Furthermore, women with other pre-existing vascular diseases (diabetes or nephropathy) or thrombophilic diseases such as the antiphospholipid syndrome are at higher risk to develop pre-eclampsia and eclampsia.
  • Having a large placenta (multiple gestations, hydatidiform mole) also predisposes women to eclampsia. In addition, there is a genetic component: a woman whose mother or sister had the condition is at higher risk than otherwise.] Women who have experienced eclampsia are at increased risk for pre-eclampsia/eclampsia in later pregnancy.

Treatment for Eclampsia

  • Immediate admission in the hospital for termination of pregnancy

Self-care for Eclampsia

  • Regular antenatal checkup by the doctor

Investigations for Eclampsia

  • Complete Blood Count
  • Blood grouping and Rh typing
  • Bleeding time and clotting time
  • Platelet count
Causes of Eclampsia
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