One of the leading complications of pregnancy is a disorder of unknown etiology called preeclampsia (toxemia of pregnancy). Eclampsia is the occurrence of convulsions, coma, and often death following delivery. Preeclampsia is characterized by hypertension, edema, and proteinuria. Inadequacies of uteroplacental blood flow or perhaps immune incompatibilities of mother and fetus have been associated with preeclamptic-like symptoms. All of the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia, which may or may not develop to eclampsia, disappear with delivery. Most of the maternal cardiovascular and renal adjustments discussed above do not occur in preeclampsia.
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