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eclampsia

 [e-klamp´se-ah]
in pregnant women, the convulsive stage of preeclampsia-eclampsia syndrome; the convulsions are not attributable to other cerebral conditions such as epilepsy. It is a potentially life-threatening disorder characterized by hypertension, generalized edema, and proteinuria. Preeclampsia is a less severe, nonconvulsive form of the disorder. adj., adj eclamp´tic.
puerperal eclampsia that occurring after or during childbirth.
uremic eclampsia eclampsia due to uremia.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

ec·lamp·si·a

(ek-lamp'sē-ă),
Occurrence of one or more convulsions, not attributable to other cerebral conditions such as epilepsy or cerebral hemorrhage, in a patient with preeclampsia.
[G. eklampsis, a shining forth]
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eclampsia

(ĭ-klămp′sē-ə)
n.
Coma or convulsions in a patient with preeclampsia, occurring in late pregnancy, during labor, or within 24 hours after giving birth.

e·clamp′tic (-tĭk) adj.
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eclampsia/pre-eclampsia

(From Greek eklampsis, shining forth) Metabolic toxemia of pregnancy Obstetrics A condition which usually develops in late pregnancy or the immediate puerperium Clinical HTN, hemoconcentration, sodium retention with resultant edema Lab Albuminuria, proteinuria, hypoproteinemia, ↑ nitrogen/BUN; pre-eclampsia is most common in primigravidas, after the 24th gestational wk, but may occur as soon as trophoblastic tissue is present Treatment If mild, bed rest and sedation; if severe, antihypertensives–eg, vasodilators, α methyldopa; if convulsions, magnesium sulfate. See HELLP syndrome.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ec·lamp·si·a

(ĕ-klamp'sē-ă)
Occurrence of one or more convulsions, not attributable to other cerebral conditions such as epilepsy or cerebral hemorrhage, in a patient with preeclampsia.
[G. eklampsis, a shining forth]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

eclampsia

A serious complication of pregnancy in which dangerous seizures occur with a high mortality. Eclampsia is always preceded by the warning state of pre-eclampsia. This consists of raised blood pressure, OEDEMA, and protein (albumin and sometimes globulin) in the urine. The risk of eclampsia ceases soon, but not immediately, after the baby is born. It has recently been discovered that a rise in the levels of circulating angiogenic factors can predict the development of pre-eclampsia.
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