Diagnosis of Pre-eclampsia

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High blood pressure may be the first sign of pre-eclampsia and the measurement should be repeated for confirmation.

If high blood pressure is confirmed, a urine test is performed to measure protein excretion. Pre-eclampsia is diagnosed if there is high blood pressure and proteinuria after 20 weeks of being pregnant.

Atypical cases of pre-eclampsia do not always meet these diagnostic criteria so assessment must be individualised for each patient.

If pre-eclampsia is diagnosed, other tests may be done to determine how well the liver and kidneys are working and to measure the blood platelet count.

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