What is the role of placentation in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Kee-Hak Lim, MD; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Placental implantation with abnormal trophoblastic invasion of uterine vessels is a major cause of hypertension associated with preeclampsia syndrome. [22, 23] In fact, studies have shown that the degree of incomplete trophoblastic invasion of the spiral arteries is directly correlated with the severity of subsequent maternal hypertension. This is because the placental hypoperfusion resulting from the incomplete invasion leads by an unclear pathway to the release of systemic vasoactive compounds that cause an exaggerated inflammatory response, vasoconstriction, endothelial damage, capillary leak, hypercoagulability, and platelet dysfunction, all of which contribute to organ dysfunction and the various clinical features of the disease. [6]

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