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5% (200,000) pregnant US women are affected by preeclampsia annually. Preeclampsia is associated with symptoms such as high blood pressure, protein in the urine, swelling, sudden weight increase, headaches and vision problems. HELLP syndrome has a mortality rate as high as 25% and symptoms include high liver enzymes and a low platelet count, general lethargy (90%), tenderness in upper right portion of body (90%), abdominal pain (65%), nausea and vomiting (30%) and headaches (31%). The condition affects under 1% of pregnant women but 4-12% of pregnant women with preeclampsia. HELLP is frequently misdiagnosed.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The North Scott Press
About: Preeclampsia sufferers at greater risk of HELLP syndrome during pregnancy
Date: 9 February 2005
Source: The North Scott Press
Author: Scott Campbell
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