What is the role of imaging in the diagnosis of preeclampsia?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Kee-Hak Lim, MD; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Computed tomography (CT) scanning and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans have revealed numerous abnormalities in patients with eclampsia, such as cerebral edema, focal infarction, intracranial hemorrhage, and posterior leukoencephalopathy. [59]

Currently, however, there is no pathognomonic CT scan or MRI finding for eclampsia. Furthermore, cerebral imaging is not necessary for the condition’s diagnosis and management. However, head CT scanning is used to detect intracranial hemorrhage in selected patients with sudden severe headaches, focal neurologic deficits, seizures with a prolonged postictal state, or atypical presentation for eclampsia.

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