Which physical findings are characteristic of severe preeclampsia?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Kee-Hak Lim, MD; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Patients with  preeclampsia with severe features display end-organ effects and may complain of the following:

  • Headache

  • Visual disturbances: Blurred, scintillating scotomata

  • Altered mental status

  • Blindness: May be cortical [3] or retinal

  • Dyspnea

  • Edema

  • Epigastric or right upper quadrant abdominal pain

  • Weakness or malaise - May be evidence of hemolytic anemia

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