What is the most significant maternal complication of eclampsia?

Updated: Apr 18, 2019
  • Author: Michael G Ross, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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The most significant maternal complication of eclampsia is permanent CNS damage secondary to recurrent seizures or intracranial bleeding. The maternal mortality rate is 8-36% in these cases. [21]  A loading dose of magnesium sulfate followed by maintenance doses for 12-24 hours may be effective in preventing recurrent seizures. [23]


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