What is the role of transabdominal ultrasonography in the diagnosis and management of eclampsia?

Updated: Apr 18, 2019
  • Author: Michael G Ross, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Transabdominal ultrasonography is used to estimate gestational age and fetal well-being. Poor fetal growth, oligohydramnios, and/or abnormal umbilical artery Doppler velocimetry may be seen secondary to the hypertension associated with eclampsia. Ultrasound may also be used to assess for abruptio placentae, which can complicate eclampsia. However, the sensitivity of ultrasound to detect an abruption is poor.


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