HELLP syndrome

HELLP syndrome was named by Dr. Louis Weinstein in 1982 after its characteristics:

H (hemolysis, which is the breaking down of red blood cells)
EL (elevated liver enzymes)
LP (low platelet count)

HELLP syndrome is a life-threatening pregnancy complication usually considered to be a variant of preeclampsia. Pregnant women developing HELLP syndrome have reported experiencing one or more of these symptoms:

Headache
Nausea/vomiting/indigestion with pain after eating
Abdominal or chest tenderness and upper right upper side pain (from liver distention)
Shoulder pain or pain when breathing deeply
Bleeding
Changes in vision
Swelling
Signs to look for include:

High blood pressure
Protein in the urine

Treatment’s that may be used to manage HELLP until baby is delivered include:

Bed rest and admission into a medical facility to be monitored closely
Corticosteroid ( to help babies lungs develop more rapidly)
Magnesium Sulfate ( to help prevent seizures)
Blood transfusion if platelet count gets too low
Blood pressure medication
Fetal monitoring and tests including biophysical tests, sonograms, non stress tests and fetal movement evaluation
If pregnancy is over 34 weeks gestation or the symptoms of HELLP begin to worsen, delivery is the recommended course of treatment.

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