Management of Acute Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy

OB Consensus Statement on Management of Acute severe hypertension in pregnancy by maternal fetal medicine team at University of Washington Medical Center, December 2017 issue, by Thomas Easterling, MD, Kathy O'Connell, RN, and Jane Hitti, MD.

This issue discusses severe hypertension during pregnancy putting a woman at risk for significant morbidity and potential mortality. Adverse outcomes include hemorrhagic stroke, cerebral edema, pulmonary edema, renal failure, placental abruption, fetal growth restriction and fetal demise. Identification of hypertension in pregnancy and prompt, effective treatment reduces the risk of adverse outcomes for mothers and infants.