What are the risks of aspiration in patients with eclampsia?

Updated: Apr 18, 2019
  • Author: Michael G Ross, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Keep nothing by mouth (including medications) until the patient is medically stabilized or delivered, because she is at risk for aspiration when postictal and may have recurrent seizures. Anjum et al reported that following a loading dose of magnesium sulfate, a reduced duration of maintenance doses (12 hours vs 24 hours) for women with eclampsia may be effective for preventing recurrent seizures. [23]


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