Presents Dangers for Both Mom and Baby
Preeclampsia (PE) is a complication of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure and damage to organs such as the kidney and liver. Preeclampsia usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women with normal blood pressure. PE can strike quickly, sometimes without any symptoms, potentially causing immediate complications such as eclampsia, seizures, and organ failure that threaten the health of the fetus and mother unless delivery is induced or produced surgically.
Preeclampsia is exclusively a human affliction, which suggests that the origins of the condition lie in the unique aspects of human placentation and gestational adaptation. Rather than a single disease entity, it is more likely to be a syndrome with a core set of common features with multiple associated causes and/or subtypes.
NX Prenatal's recent studies have begun to identify patterns to suggest molecular subtypes of preeclampsia that can identify early-onset versus late-onset cases.