Magnesium sulphate should be used for eclamptic fits

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7031.639 (Published 09 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:639
  1. Lelia Duley
  1. Senior research fellow Perinatal Trials Service, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford OX2 6HE

    EDITOR,—The letter by Robert Fox and Tim Draycott has a misleading title1: the fits under discussion are eclamptic, not pre-eclamptic (as the definition of eclampsia is the occurrence of fits superimposed on pre-eclampsia). The letter is also misleading in giving advice to use diazepam rather than magnesium sulphate for the initial control of eclamptic convulsions. This advice could lead to maternal morbidity.

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