Blood Pressure:EclampsiaHow is eclampsia treated?
During pregnancy, some women experience preeclampsia. All expecting women are checked for preeclampsia during their prenatal visits. In the United States eclampsia occurs in less than 2% of pregnancies. If preeclampsia is not treated it can lead to eclampsia. Eclampsia is the last stage of preeclampsia and the most severe. Women that experience eclampsia often have seizures and can die from complications. Although eclampsia is most common in the third trimester and immediately following delivery, eclampsia can occur at any point during pregnancy or after delivery. Eclampsia leads to seizures and possibly coma.
Medical research and recent technology makes it easier for doctors to diagnose preeclampsia early on. The number of deaths from eclampsia has significantly dropped in past years. Mothers that experience complications of eclampsia often have seizures, kidney problems, bleeding of the brain and permanent neural damage. Babies of affected mothers often experience death from prematurity, placental problems and lack of oxygen.
Although preeclampsia and eclampsia affect women of all ages, it seems that women under 20 and older than 40 are most likely to develop the condition. If a woman already has high blood pressure her chances of developing eclampsia are significantly higher during pregnancy. Other risk factors inlcude being infected with lupus, carrying more than one child, poor prenatal care or a family history of hypertension.
During an eclamptic seizure, a woman may experience more than one seizure and the seizures usually last about 60 seconds each. Her face might become distorted and foaming at the mouth is not uncommon. Breathing normally stops for the remainder of the seizure. During a seizure a woman may twitch and her body will become rigid with muscular contractions. She may also bite her tongue, obtain head injuries or other types of broken bones from falls. Generally after a seizure the woman will slip into a coma or period of unconsciousness. When the woman regains consciousness she may be combative, aggresive and agitated. However, after the seizure has passed she will not remember the event.
Because eclamptic seizures are life-threatening emergencies, immediate medical care is necessary. Pregnant women that develop eclampsia should be monitored closely and any woman that has experienced an actual eclamptic seizure will have continuous medical treatment. Lab tests, specimens and other types of monitoring will be performed.
The only treatment for eclampsia is delivery. However, no delivery should be induced during any type of seizure or coma. When the mother is stabilized, doctors will consider inducing a vaginal delivery with pitocin if the mother is atleast 30 weeks of gestation or if the cervix is dilated. If the mother is less than 30 weeks or her cervix is not dilated, a cesarean delivery should be performed. During delivery it is important that both mother and baby are monitored closely.
* 25% of all cases occur before delivery
* 50% of all cases occur during labor
* 25% of all cases occur after delivery Comments: Blood Pressure - Eclampsia
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1514 days ago.
A vet knows full well that eclampsia is due to diet...it is the same for humans and is diet related.....