HELLP Syndrome is a serious and potentially life threatening complication of pregnancy. It is typically is classified as a type of Pre-Eclampsia.
The HELLP Syndrome can damage the Liver as well as other organs of the body.
Typically the individual has been having some Elevated Blood Pressure and pre-eclampsia may have been considered.
Abbreviation of Findings
1.) H – Hemolytic anemia
2.) EL – Elevated Liver enzymes
3.) LP – Low Platelet count
– Body aches
– Abdominal pain
– Activation of coagulation cascade
– Destruction of red blood cells
– Physical Exam and Symptoms
– Blood tests are essential in this diagnosis
1.) Severe – platelet below 50,000
2.) Moderate – platelet between 50,000 and 100,000
3.) Mild – platelet over 100,000
– Delivery of the child
– Bed rest prior to delivery may be an option
– Magnesium sulfate – prevention of seizures
– Antihypertensive medications
– Steroid medications – to mature the lungs of the fetus