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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 12(2); 2001 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2001;12(2): 189-193.
Two Cases of Late Postpartum Eclampsia
Byung Hak So, Young Min Kim, Kyu Nam Park, Se Kyung Kim
Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. so_b_hak@yahoo.co.kr
Eclampsia is characterized by generalized tonic-clonic convulsions that develop in women with hypertension induced or aggravated by pregnancy. Because identification of patients at risk and preventive therapies are imperfect, eclamptic seizures continue to occur occasionally during puerperium. Nearly all cases of postpartum eclampsia develop within 24 hours of delivery, but typical cases are seen up to 26 days postpartum. Convulsion with initial presentation more than 48 hours but less than 4 weeks after delivery are commonly referred to as late postpartum eclampsia. We describe two cases of late postpartum eclampsia and give a review of literature.
Key words: Postpartum, Eclampsia
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