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Current management of pre-eclampsia

Mark A Brown and Sandra A Lowe
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (1): 3-4.
Published online: 5 January 2009

Updated guidelines widen the definition of pre-eclampsia and highlight that hypertension in pregnancy has become a lifelong disorder

The “political” enthusiasm for women to have more babies will not come without a downside. Complications such as pre-eclampsia — a major cause of premature delivery — are likely to become more prevalent as increasing numbers of women become pregnant when they are older or obese, and may affect up to 5% of these women. The reason why pre-eclampsia develops is an enigma. Although there have been no recent major advances in the clinical treatment of this diverse disorder, maternal and fetal outcomes in Australia and New Zealand are good.1 The big risk now is that obstetricians, physicians, general practitioners and midwives will become complacent about the management of these high-risk pregnancies.

  • Mark A Brown1,2
  • Sandra A Lowe1,3

  • 1 University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 St George Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: mbrown@unsw.edu.au

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