This Blood Test Can Help Diagnose Fatal Pregnancy Complication
Pre-eclampsia can cause damage to vital organs, fits and can be fatal for the woman and baby, if left untreated. Read here to know how a blood test can help in its diagnose.
Pre-eclampsia has so far been diagnosed by measuring blood pressure and checking protein in woman's urine
A simple blood test can help diagnose a common but potentially fatal pregnancy complication -- pre-eclampsia, finds a study published in The Lancet journal.
During the study, by measuring the concentration of placental growth factor (PlGF) in a woman's blood, doctors were able to diagnose pre-eclampsia two days sooner on average.
"We knew monitoring PlGF was an accurate way to help detect the condition but were unsure whether making this tool available to clinicians would lead to better care for women. Now we know that it does," said lead author Lucy Chappell from King's College London.
Pre-eclampsia, a condition in pregnancy characterised by high blood pressure, sometimes with fluid retention and proteinuria, can cause damage to vital organs, fits and can be fatal for the woman and baby, if left untreated. Globally, 100 women die due to pre-eclampsia every day.
"For the last hundred years, we have diagnosed pre-eclampsia by measuring blood pressure and checking for protein in a woman's urine. These are relatively imprecise and often quite subjective," Chappell noted.
The PlGF testing was shown to reduce the average time to diagnose pre-eclampsia from four to two days and serious complications before birth (such as eclampsia, stroke, and maternal death) to four per cent from five per cent.
There was no change in the likelihood of complications for the baby, the age at which babies were delivered prematurely or whether they were admitted to a neonatal unit, the researchers said.
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