What is delayed eclampsia?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Kee-Hak Lim, MD; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Eclampsia is common after delivery and has occurred up to 6 weeks after delivery. Al-Safi et al suggest that the first week after discharge is the most critical period for the development of postpartum eclampsia. Discussing the risks and educating patients about the possibility of delayed postpartum preeclampsia is important, regardless of whether they develop hypertensive disease prior to discharge. [75] Patients at risk for eclampsia should be carefully monitored postpartum. [76] Additionally, patients with preeclampsia who were successfully treated with delivery may present with recurrent preeclampsia up to 4 weeks postpartum.


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