Pre-eclampsia Marker Discovered

May 26, 2008 08:10 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
University of Leeds researchers may have found a marker for pre-eclampsia, a dangerous condition in pregnancy that threatens both mother and child.

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The British researchers believe the markers, which are chemical levels in blood plasma different from those of pregnant women without the condition, could lead to earlier treatment. 

According to a press release from the university, the researchers plan to create a diagnostic kit to allow rapid testing for pre-eclampsia. It should be ready in about five years. 

Researchers explain that while this isn’t a cure, they are hopeful that it is a step toward one.

"The earlier we diagnose the better we can control the disease, and the more chance we have of keeping the pregnancy going for longer," stated Professor Jimmy Walker of St. James' University Hospital, who co-authored the research. explains that pre-eclampsia happens in the second half of pregnancy and the symptoms include high blood pressure, protein in the urine and blood changes.

If left untreated, the condition can cause several pregnancy complications and even lead to the death of the baby and mother.

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