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.