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McEwan M, Day A, Girling J. GPs have key role in identifying women at risk of pre-eclampsia. Practitioner March 2022;266(1856):11-14

GPs have key role in identifying women at risk of pre-eclampsia

25 Mar 2022Registered users

Pre-eclampsia is an important cause of maternal morbidity and mortality. It is a multisystem disorder of pregnancy characterised by new onset hypertension after 20 weeks’ gestation, usually accompanied by proteinuria. If a urine dipstick is positive for protein, the amount should be quantified: a protein: creatinine ratio ≥ 30 mg/mmol is abnormal. There should be a high index of suspicion for pre-eclampsia if there is biochemical disturbance consistent with the diagnosis or evidence of fetal growth restriction when plotted on a customised growth chart.

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