What causes hypertensive emergencies in pregnancy?

Updated: Feb 05, 2018
  • Author: Christy Hopkins, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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In pregnant patients, acute hypertensive crisis usually results from underlying hypertensive disease or severe preeclampsia [7] and can lead to maternal stroke, cardiopulmonary decompensation, fetal decompensation caused by reduced uterine perfusion, abruption, and stillbirth. [8]  Preeclampsia may also complicated by pulmonary edema. [9]


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