How is severe preeclampsia evaluated?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Kee-Hak Lim, MD; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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All of these patients must be evaluated in a labor and delivery unit for 24 hours before a decision for expectant management can be made. During this period, maternal and fetal evaluation must show that the fetus does not have severe growth restriction or fetal distress. In addition, maternal urine output must be adequate. The woman must have essentially normal laboratory values (with the exclusive exception of mildly elevated liver function test results that are less than twice the normal value) and hypertension that can be controlled.


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