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Eclampsia

Author
Errol R Norwitz, MD, PhD
Section Editors
Charles J Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Timothy A Pedley, MD
Deputy Editor
Vanessa A Barss, MD, FACOG

INTRODUCTION

Eclampsia refers to the occurrence of new-onset, generalized, tonic-clonic seizures or coma in a woman with preeclampsia. It is the convulsive manifestation of preeclampsia and one of several clinical manifestations at the severe end of the preeclampsia spectrum (table 1). Despite advances in detection and management, preeclampsia/eclampsia remains a common cause of maternal morbidity and death.

The clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and management of eclampsia will be reviewed here. Issues related to preeclampsia are discussed separately:

(See "Preeclampsia: Pathogenesis".)

(See "Preeclampsia: Clinical features and diagnosis".)

(See "Preeclampsia: Management and prognosis".)

                                  

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