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NHS to roll out blood tests for pre-eclampsia after positive study results

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 02 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1543
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 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 …

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