Written by Dr.M.D.Mazumdar, MD
Pre-eclamptic toxaemia (PET) is also called Toxemia of Pregnancy or pregnancy induced hypertension. This is a syndrome that develops after the 20th week of pregnancy. It is characterized by:
The exact cause of PET is unknown but several theories have been put forward:
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Occasionally, the baby may need to be delivered earlier, before 37 weeks if the PET is very severe and the mother shows signs of going into eclampsia.
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