What are the histologic findings characteristic of preeclampsia?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Kee-Hak Lim, MD; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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The presence of schistocytes, burr cells, or echinocytes on peripheral smears, or elevated indirect bilirubin and low serum heptoglobin levels, may be used as evidence of hemolysis in diagnosing HELLP syndrome. The differential diagnosis for HELLP syndrome must include various causes for thrombocytopenia and liver failure such as acute fatty liver of pregnancy, hemolytic uremic syndrome, acute pancreatitis, fulminant hepatitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, cholecystitis, and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.


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