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Learn more about HELLP syndrome

Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is HELLP syndrome?

This is a life threatening syndrome in pregnancy and a for of pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure with associated organ damage in pregnancy). HELLP stands for Hemolysis (breakage of red blood cells); EL (elevated liver enzymes causing liver dysfunction); LP (low platelet counts, result in bleeding).

Symptoms of HELLP syndrome

  • Currently pregnant

  • Right upper abdominal pain

  • Swelling of any body part

  • Headache

Questions your doctor may ask to check for HELLP syndrome

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose HELLP syndrome

  • Are you currently pregnant?

  • Do you have pain in the upper right area of your abdomen (stomach)?

  • Do you have any swelling in any part of your body?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

Treatment for HELLP syndrome

This requires emergency medical care. The best treatment is to deliver the baby, hence the specialist may recommend an early or premature delivery. Hospitalization for close monitoring is needed to protect both the baby and the mother.

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