What Is Preeclampsia?
Pre-eclampsia is a condition affecting some pregnant women, usually during the second half of pregnancy (from around 20 weeks) or immediately after the delivery of their baby. It is characterised by the leakage of protein into the urine (proteinuria)and high blood pressure in pregnancy. Although women may not notice these signs of pre eclampsia themselves without medical expertise, medical professionals should pick them up during routine antenatal appointments. Where they do not do so, complications may be caused which can, in the worst case, be fatal.
What Are The Preeclampsia Symptoms?
Aside from the high blood pressure (hypertension) and protein in urine (proteinuria) which should be noticed during routine antenatal appointments, other signs of pre eclampsia which might develop include:
- swelling of the feet, ankles, face and hands caused by fluid retention (oedema)
- severe headache
- vision problems
- pain just below the ribs
How Should Preeclampsia Be Treated?
If diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, a patient will be referred for a specialist assessment, usually in hospital. There, close monitoring should determine how severe the condition is and whether a prolonged stay is needed.
The only way to cure pre-eclampsia is to deliver the baby, so regular monitoring should take place until this is possible, which will normally be at around 37-38 weeks of pregnancy or earlier in more severe cases.
At this point, labour may be artificially induced or a caesarean section may be performed. Medication may be recommended to lower their blood pressure while waiting for the baby to be delivered.
Who Is At Risk Of Preeclampsia?
Pre-eclampsia in pregnancy affects up to 5% of women, the most common complication in childbearing. Although it has been diagnosed in a broad spectrum of women, there are a number of factors which may put a woman at greater risk. These include:
- if it is her first pregnancy
- if the condition has developed during a previous pregnancy
- if her family has a history of the condition
- if she is over 40 years old
- if she is expecting more than one baby (twins or triplets)
When might a claim for pre-eclampsia compensation be made?
As previously outlined, there are a number of damaging complications which may arise when pre-eclampsia is left to develop, and it is a medical professional’s responsibility to ensure that this cannot happen. Where the condition has been misdiagnosed (or not diagnosed at all), leading to complications or death, a preeclampsia compensation claim may be made.
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We know that victims are often hesitant to come forward with their medical claims, particularly those pertaining to birthing and obstetrics. As medical negligence solicitors, it’s our job to do everything within our means to make the process as straightforward as possible.
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