NHS to roll out blood tests for pre-eclampsia after positive study resultsBMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1543 (Published 02 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1543
- Gareth Iacobucci
- The BMJ
Placental growth factor blood tests for pre-eclampsia are to be made more widely available to pregnant women in England after a trial found that the test can hasten accurate diagnosis.
Pre-eclampsia is suspected in around 10% of pregnancies in the UK and affects around 80 000 women each year. Placental growth factor testing indicates whether a woman is at high, medium, or low risk.
Researchers from King’s College London found that by measuring the concentration of placental growth factor in a woman’s blood doctors could diagnose pre-eclampsia on average two days sooner. The study, published in the Lancet, found that quicker …