How does the mortality rate for eclampsia vary by race?

Updated: Apr 18, 2019
  • Author: Michael G Ross, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Black woman have twice the risk that white women have for mortality associated with preeclampsia/eclampsia. This is most likely due to inadequate access to prenatal care among black women, as well as to increased incidences in black women of genetic diseases associated with circulating antiphospholipids. It has been proven that patients with elevated antiphospholipid plasma levels have a higher incidence of preeclampsia and eclampsia. [2] However, whether this is due to the antiphospholipids themselves or to some other underlying process is not clear. [7]


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