Angiogenic and Antiangiogenic Markers for Prediction and Risk Classification of Preeclampsia

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Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-specific hypertensive disorder with multisystem involvement and is a significant cause of obstetric morbidity and mortality worldwide. A major issue in the treatment of preeclampsia stems from its still significant rates of misclassification and misdiagnosis. Angiogenic factors have been speculated as a possible diagnostic modality due to a perceived imbalance in angiogenesis in preeclampsia. Factors currently studied include soluble fms-like protein kinase 1 and placental growth factor. Because of significant mortality associated with preeclampsia it is felt that both early and accurate diagnosis of preeclampsia is imperative if this disease process is to be treated.

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