What are symptoms of preeclampsia in the absence of hypertension?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Kee-Hak Lim, MD; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Although hypertension is an important characteristic of preeclampsia, because the underlying pathophysiology of preeclampsia is a diffuse endothelial cell disorder influencing multiple organs, hypertension does not necessarily need to precede other preeclamptic symptoms or laboratory abnormalities. Presenting symptoms other than hypertension may include, as previously mentioned, edema, visual disturbances, headache, and epigastric or right upper quadrant tenderness.


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