What is Eclampsia?
Eclampsia is a condition that develops during pregnancy and can be life threatening. Eclampsia can be preceded by a diagnosis of preeclampsia
where high blood pressure and protein in the urine is detected in the pregnant woman.
However, there are also many cases where Eclampsia can be diagnosed without any previous symptoms or warnings. The danger of this condition is that it follows no fixed progression. The mild symptoms of preeclampsia increase in severity and then on to full-blown Eclampsia. The seizures or coma symptomatic of Eclampsia may in many cases be the first signs that a pregnancy may be jeopardized.
Preeclampsia and Eclampsia can both be described under the broader category of toxemia. Complications arising from toxemia can account for nearly 20% of all pregnancy-related deaths in women.
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