Fluid retention and excess weight gain Headache Nausea and vomiting that continues to get worse Pain in the upper right or mid part of the abdomen Blurry vision Nosebleed or other bleeding that will not stop easily rare Seizures or convulsions rare During a physical exam, the health care provider may discover: Abdominal tenderness , especially in the right upper side Enlarged liver High blood pressure Swelling in the legs Liver function tests liver enzymes may be high. Platelet counts may be low. A CT scan may show bleeding into the liver. Excessive protein may be found in the urine.
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The outcome for mothers with HELLP is generally good, but serious complications are relatively common. However, some women experience complications. The risk of serious complications generally is higher for women with severe symptoms and for those with more severe laboratory abnormalities.
Examples of complications include disseminated intravascular coagulation DIC , placental abruption , acute kidney failure , and pulmonary edema. However, these complications are related. For example, placental abruption can cause DIC, which then may cause acute kidney failure; acute kidney failure may lead to pulmonary edema. Other complications that have been reported include adult respiratory distress syndrome , sepsis , and stroke.
This means that in many cases, the longer the pregnancy continues, the better the chance for survival and good health for the baby. You may find these specialists through advocacy organizations, clinical trials, or articles published in medical journals. You may also want to contact a university or tertiary medical center in your area, because these centers tend to see more complex cases and have the latest technology and treatments.
They may be able to refer you to someone they know through conferences or research efforts. You can find more tips in our guide, How to Find a Disease Specialist. We also encourage you to explore the rest of this page to find resources that can help you find specialists.
Healthcare Resources To find a medical professional who specializes in genetics, you can ask your doctor for a referral or you can search for one yourself.
Signs to look for include: High blood pressure Protein in the urine The most common reasons for mothers to become critically ill or die are liver rupture or stroke cerebral edema or cerebral hemorrhage. These can usually be prevented when caught in time. If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, please see a healthcare provider immediately. During pregnancy, many women suffering from HELLP syndrome require a transfusion of some form of blood product red cells, platelets, plasma. We can help lower the cases of HELLP syndrome by properly and quickly diagnosing and treating preeclampsia.
Síndrome de Hellp