Which physical findings are characteristic of recurrent preeclampsia?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Kee-Hak Lim, MD; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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In patients who are suffering a recurrence of preeclampsia, findings on physical examination may include the following (see Prognosis):

  • Altered mental status

  • Decreased vision or scotomas

  • Papilledema

  • Epigastric or right upper quadrant abdominal tenderness

  • Peripheral edema Hyperreflexia or clonus: Although deep tendon reflexes are more useful in assessing magnesium toxicity, the presence of clonus may indicate an increased risk of convulsions.

  • Seizures

  • Focal neurologic deficit

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