How is preeclampsia managed in the postpartum period?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Kee-Hak Lim, MD; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Preeclampsia resolves after delivery. However, patients may still have an elevated BP postpartum. Liver function tests and platelet counts must be performed to document decreasing values prior to hospital discharge. In addition, one third of seizures occur in the postpartum period, most within 24 hours of delivery, and almost all within 48 hours. [72] Therefore, magnesium sulfate seizure prophylaxis is continued for 24 hours postpartum. (See Seizure Treatment and Prophylaxis With Magnesium Sulfate.)


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