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Eclampsia (cont.)

Eclampsia Diagnosis

If you experience any of the above symptoms call your doctor immediately and expect to come to the office or hospital. If you have your own blood pressure device at home, report this reading to your health care professional. However, do not substitute your home blood pressure reading for a doctor visit.

  • Be sure to review all of your signs, symptoms, and concerns with your health care professional. Your health care professional should check your blood pressure, weight, and urine at every office visit.
  • If your health care professional suspects that you have preeclampsia, he or she will order blood tests to check your platelet count, liver function, and kidney function. They will also check a urine sample in the office or possibly order a 24-hour urine collection to check for protein in the urine. The results of these blood tests should be available within 24 hours (if sent out), or within several hours if performed at a hospital.
  • The well-being of your baby should be checked by placing you on a fetal monitor. Further tests may include non-stress testing, biophysical profile (ultrasound), and an ultrasound to measure the growth of the baby (if it has not been done within the previous 2-3 weeks).
  • Ancillary studies may include ultrasound and CT or MRI scan of the head to help include or exclude diagnoses.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/7/2012

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