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Laboratory tests are helpful in making the diagnosis of preeclampsia. In addition to proteinuria, which may occur late in the course of the disease, hyperuricemia, mild azotemia, hemoconcentration, and hypo-calciuria are observed commonly. Some women with preeclampsia may develop a microangiopathic syndrome with hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelet counts (HELLP). The presence of the HELLP syndrome usually reflects severe disease and is considered an indication for delivery. Women with uncomplicated chronic hypertension have normal laboratory test results unless superimposed preeclampsia or underlying renal disease exists.

Pathophysiology of preeclampsia

Pathophysiology of preeclampsia

Genetic susceptibility (maternal x fetal)
Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

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