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Preeclampsia (cont.)

Preeclampsia Diagnosis

If a woman experiences any of the above symptoms call the health care practitioner immediately and expect to go to the office or hospital. If the patient has their own blood pressure device at home, report this reading to the physician. However, do not substitute a home blood pressure reading for a physician visit.

  • Be sure to review all of symptoms and concerns with your health care professional. The health care professional should check the patient's blood pressure, weight, and urine at every office visit.
  • If the health care professional suspects that the patient has preeclampsia, he or she will order blood tests to check the 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. These results of the blood tests should be available within 24 hours (if sent out), or within several hours if performed at a hospital.
  • The well-being of the baby should be checked by placing the patient on a fetal monitor. Further tests may include nonstress 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).

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