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Monday, May 24, 2021

Eclampsia

EmDocs - May 24th, 2021 - By Kyrra Engle; Alessandra Della Porta; Zoe Kornberg; Kasha Bornstein. Reviewed by: Marina Boushra; Alex Koyfman; Brit Long
“Takeaways 
  • Eclampsia is among the top six causes of maternal death in the United States
  • Eclampsia should be in the differential in any female or antepartum or postpartum patient presenting with altered mental status, persistent headache, visual changes, or convulsive symptoms.
  • The immediate management of eclampsia for both seizure treatment and prophylaxis is IV magnesium sulfate.
  • Hypertension of greater than or equal to 160/110 in the pregnant patient is an emergency and should be managed with immediate administration of antihypertensive medications safe for use in pregnancy.”