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What is HELLP syndrome?
HELLP syndrome is a rare and serious complication of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure that, if left untreated, may lead to seizures and stroke.
What are the symptoms of HELLP syndrome?
The symptoms of HELLP syndrome can easily be confused with other conditions, but may include: headaches; nausea and vomiting that become increasingly worse; abdominal pain under the ribs, around the liver; blurry vision, and; fatigue.
Who gets HELLP syndrome?
HELLP syndrome typically occurs in the third trimester of pregnancy, or during the first week after delivery. It is more common in women over 25 years of age.
How is HELLP syndrome diagnosed?
HELLP syndrome is diagnosed by a thorough physical examination, and by tests including: blood and urine tests, and blood pressure measurements. Blood tests are used to determine the levels of red blood cells, liver enzymes and platelets. The urine sample …
How is HELLP syndrome treated?
Treatment for HELLP syndrome may vary, depending on the stage of pregnancy and severity of symptoms. If the pregnancy is more than 34 weeks, definitive treatment for HELLP syndrome is delivery of the baby. If the pregnancy is less than 34 weeks, treatment …
Can HELLP syndrome be prevented?
Although there is no known prevention for HELLP syndrome, the risk of developing HELLP syndrome may be decreased by maintaining good health and fitness before becoming pregnant, getting good prenatal care and telling your healthcare practitioner if you have …
Is HELLP syndrome serious?
HELLP syndrome is a rare but serious pregnancy complication. Early diagnosis and treatment are very important to improve outcomes for the mother and baby.
What increases the chances of developing HELLP syndrome?
Some of the known risk factors for HELLP syndrome include: having a history of HELLP syndrome; having diabetes; having preeclampsia; being over the age of 25, and; being Caucasian.
About this article
Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 24 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 17 Oct 2018
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