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Two new blood tests will help doctors rule out pre-eclampsia, says NICE

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2690 (Published 13 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2690
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended two new blood tests to help doctors rule out pre-eclampsia in women between the 20th and 35th week of pregnancy.1

At the moment women with suspected pre-eclampsia often have to be admitted to hospital for 24 to 36 hours so that a diagnosis can be made. These new tests may help to avoid admission to hospital.

Pre-eclampsia and associated eclampsia are the second leading cause of direct maternal deaths in the United Kingdom. About a third of women with pre-eclampsia have it diagnosed before the 35th week of pregnancy.

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