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Current Women`s Health Reviews


ISSN (Print): 1573-4048
ISSN (Online): 1875-6581

The Clinics and Etiology of Preeclampsia

Author(s): Christianne A.R. Lok, Rienk Nieuwland, Kees Boer, Augueste Sturk and Joris A.M. Van Der Post

Volume 5, Issue 3, 2009

Page: [157 - 166] Pages: 10

DOI: 10.2174/157340409789007268

Price: $65


Preeclampsia is a trophoblast-induced disorder of pregnancy with characteristics of a multisystem disease, resulting from an adverse maternal response to (in part) allogenic placental tissue. Preeclampsia is a heterogeneous disorder. Therefore, generalization of results from different studies is difficult and clear definitions are essential. The exact etiology of preeclampsia is still a matter of debate and many theories have been proposed. It is unlikely that a single factor underlies the development of preeclampsia. This review describes definitions of hypertensive disorders in preeclampsia and summarizes the most important pathophysiologic mechanisms.

Keywords: Preeclampsia, hypertension, etiology, definition

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