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Retrospective comparison of blood pressure course during preeclamptic and matched control pregnancies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3578398     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A decrease in systemic blood pressure by midtrimester of normal pregnancy has been observed by many investigators. To examine the timing of onset of this decline and to study early behavior of blood pressure in pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia, we reviewed the outpatient charts of all patients with preeclampsia who received prenatal care at our clinics during the past 3 years. The 30 patients who met our criteria for preeclampsia were matched for age, race, and parity with normotensive control subjects. We found that in normal pregnancies, decline in blood pressure occurred before the second trimester and blood pressure remained low throughout gestation, rising insignificantly near term. Both systolic and diastolic blood pressures were significantly higher (p less than 0.05) for patients with preeclampsia than for normal control subjects beginning in the first trimester. This difference persisted throughout pregnancy and was also present at the 6-week postpartum visit (p less than 0.025).
R E Reiss; R W O'Shaughnessy; T J Quilligan; F P Zuspan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  156     ISSN:  0002-9378     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol.     Publication Date:  1987 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-05-29     Completed Date:  1987-05-29     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370476     Medline TA:  Am J Obstet Gynecol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  894-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure*
Pre-Eclampsia / physiopathology*
Pregnancy Trimester, First
Pregnancy Trimester, Second
Pregnancy Trimester, Third
Retrospective Studies

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