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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO DEVELOP HELLP SYNDROME DURING PREGNANCY

 

What is HELLP syndrome in pregnancy?

HELLP is an acronym that stands for Hemolysis (breakdown of red blood cells), Elevated Liver enzymes (concentrations in the blood of enzymes from the liver are too high), and Low Platelet count (the number of blood clotting cells (platelets) in the blood is too low). HELLP is a syndrome that can occur as a life-threatening complication of pregnancy. Sometimes it can occur as further complication of another pregnancy condition called preeclampsia, but the relationship between HELLP and preeclampsia is controversial. Many cases of HELLP develop in women who do not have preeclampsia, and preeclampsia and HELLP tend to strike mothers-to-be of different age groups, so many researchers consider HELLP and preeclampsia to be a separate conditions.


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