International Collaboration to Improve Outcomes for Preeclampsia
WHAT IS PREECLAMPSIA?
Preeclampsia is a serious disease of pregnancy that affects 5% of women and claims the lives of around 70,000 women and 500,000 babies across the globe every year. Preeclampsia is diagnosed when a pregnant woman has high blood pressure and has signs of organ damage, such as protein in her urine. Preeclampsia is caused by a disease process in the placenta that releases detrimental factors into the mother’s circulation. These cause blood vessel damage that in turn affects her major organs. The final result is high blood pressure and injury to the kidneys, liver, lung and the brain. Preeclampisa can progress to seizures and even to the death of mother and baby.