When should a pregnant woman be evaluated for eclampsia?

Updated: Apr 18, 2019
  • Author: Michael G Ross, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Eclampsia always should be considered in a pregnant patient with a seizure episode. A pregnant patient who has been involved in an unexplained trauma (such as a single-vehicle auto accident) and has exhibited seizure activity should be evaluated for eclampsia. Eclampsia can occur during the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods. Ninety percent of eclampsia cases occur after 28 weeks' gestation. [2]

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