How is preeclampsia treated?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Kee-Hak Lim, MD; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Delivery is the only cure for preeclampsia. Patients with preeclampsia without severe features are often induced after 37 weeks' gestation. Before this, the patient is usually hospitalized and monitored carefully for the development of worsening preeclampsia or complications of preeclampsia, and the immature fetus is treated with expectant management with corticosteroids to accelerate lung maturity in preparation for early delivery.

In patients with preeclampsia with severe features, induction of delivery should be considered after 34 weeks' gestation. In these cases, the severity of disease must be weighed against the risks of infant prematurity. In the emergency setting, control of BP and seizures should be priorities.


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