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Therapeutic options in the management of pre-eclampsia

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Kate Duhig BSc (Hons), Andrew Shennan MD FRCOG
Foundation Years Journal, volume 1, issue 7, p.357 (123Doc Education, London, November 2007)


A 30 year old woman presented pregnant at 8 weeks gestation. Her booking blood pressure was 110/70 mmHg and her BMI was 21. She had a medical history of insulin dependent diabetes mellitus for 18 years but was otherwise well and on no medication other than insulin. She had no family history of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. She subsequently developed pre-eclampsia, presenting at 32 weeks gestation with a 10 hour history of severe headache, blurred vision and epigastric pain. She had been vomiting for 6 hours. Examination revealed a blood pressure of 170/95 mmHg and urine dipstick showed protein. Her BM was 7.6. On examination she had marked ankle oedema and right upper quadrant tenderness. Blood tests showed ALP and ALT were markedly raised.

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Kate Duhig BSc (Hons) (Corresponding author)

Research Assistant
King’s College London
St Thomas’ Hospital
Lambeth Palace Road

Andrew Shennan MD FRCOG

Professor of Obstetrics
King’s College London
St Thomas’ Hospital


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