HELLP Syndrome is a serious and potentially life threatening complication of pregnancy. It is typically is classified as a type of Pre-Eclampsia.

This complication an occur late in Pregnancy and even following childbirth and can be seen as well in those with Eclampsia as well.

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


–  Headache
–  Fatigue
–  Nausea
–  Vomiting
–  Body aches
–  Abdominal pain
–  Edema


–  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