What is postpartum preeclampsia and postpartum eclampsia?

Postpartum eclampsia is eclampsia that occurs after birth. It is a complication of postpartum preeclampsia (marked by high blood pressure and excessive protein in urine) and is essentially preeclampsia after delivery plus seizures. It can happen any time after delivery. Many occur within the first several days of delivery, though some may not occur for weeks after the child has been delivered.

It can be life-threatening if not properly treated. If the doctor didn’t properly address postpartum preeclampsia or was otherwise negligent in contributing to the condition, Cleveland lawyers can help Ohio families explore taking legal action to recover compensation for their damages.

Do Not Ignore Symptoms of Postpartum Preeclampsia

The symptoms of postpartum preeclampsia are often ignored because the mother is often focused on the new baby.

Women should, however, be aware of the following signs:

  • protein in the urine;
  • high blood pressure;
  • vision changes;
  • headaches;
  • stomach pain; and
  • rapid weight gain.

Like preeclampsia, postpartum preeclampsia should be carefully monitored by a doctor to avoid complications such as postpartum eclampsia, which can cause damage to vital organs, blood clots, and for some women it may even lead to death.

Treatment for Postpartum Preeclampsia

There are a few medications used to treat the symptoms of postpartum preeclampsia. Magnesium sulfate can help prevent seizures, while antihypertensive medications may be given to lower blood pressure. Monitoring preeclampsia that occurs following delivery is also very important to avoid eclampsia after birth.

Consult a Cleveland Lawyer for Help with an Ohio Malpractice Case

Doctors have a duty to address preeclampsia (even after birth) and other medical conditions and treat them timely in order to keep the baby and the mother safe. Cleveland lawyers at Mellino Robenalt LLC in Ohio can help clients who suspect negligence contributed to or caused injuries or a medical condition, such as postpartum eclampsia.

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