CE: Preeclampsia

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Abstract

Preeclampsia, one of four hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, has traditionally been characterized as new-onset hypertension and proteinuria developing after 20 weeks’ gestation. It is, however, now understood to be a complex, progressive, multisystem disorder with a highly variable presentation and a number of potentially life-threatening complications. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Task Force on Hypertension in Pregnancy has refined preeclampsia diagnostic criteria accordingly, and as the disorder's pathogenesis has been more clearly defined, new targets for screening, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment have emerged. This clinical update provides a review of current practice related to preeclampsia risk assessment, prediction, and management. It discusses preeclampsia pathophysiology and points readers to valuable health care resources on the topic.

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