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Will magnesium sulphate for pre-eclampsia really help?
- Neil F Moran, consultant obstetrician (email@example.com)
- Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Private bag X13, Mount Edgecombe, KwaZulu-Natal 4300, South Africa
- 15 St Margaret's Road, Hereford HR1 1TS
- Hospitali Teule, Muheza, Tanga Province, Tanzania
EDITOR—I agree with Roberts et al that the evidence from the eclampsia trial published in 1995 justifies the use of magnesium sulphate for eclampsia. 1 2 However, I am not yet convinced by the results of the Magpie study3 that treating all patients with severe pre-eclampsia will have a clinically significant benefit in the setting in which I work.
We have a very busy unit and are critically understaffed, a situation that is probably the norm in many developing countries. We …