What studies are performed if HELLP (hemolysis, elevated liver enzyme, low platelets) syndrome is suspected in preeclampsia?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Kee-Hak Lim, MD; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Additional studies to perform if HELLP syndrome is suspected are as follows:

  • Peripheral blood smear

  • Serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) level

  • Indirect bilirubin

Although a coagulation profile (prothrombin time [PT], activated partial thromboplastin time [aPTT], and fibrinogen) should also be evaluated, its clinical value is unclear when the platelet count is 100,000/mm3 or more with no evidence of bleeding. [4]


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