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Possible preeclampsia predictor.

Possible preeclampsia predictor. A study conducted by Dr. Richard J. Levine, et al, and published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a link between low levels of placental growth hormone (PIGF) in women's urine starting at 25 weeks of pregnancy and the risk of developing preeclampsia. Currently, preeclampsia, which causes high blood pressure and narrowing of blood vessels in pregnant women, can only be diagnosed after onset, when eclampsia and its associated complications, including seizure, kidney failure, uncontrolled bleeding, and stroke, can develop quickly. If further studies support the researchers' findings, then a urine test can be developed to detect early preeclampsia, which may then lead to better treatment for affected women.
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Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2005
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