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Title: Hypertension in pregnancy

Hypertension in pregnancy
  • Gestational hypertensiongt140/90,gt20 wks,no
    proteinuria,resolves PP
  • Preeclampsia above proteinuriagt1
  • Eclampsia preeclampsia convulsions
  • Chronic HT lt 20 wks,ct gt 12 wks PP, /-
  • Chr HT Superimposed preeclampsia onset of
    proteinuria(if nonproteinuric),shootup of
    BP/proteinuria(if proteinuric)

  • Mrs. A, 2O yr old primigravida,under your ANC,
    develops mild preeclampsia at 30 wks of
    pregnancy.(BP 150/94 mm Hg ,Urine proteins- 1 on
    random dipstick sample)
  •   Pathogenesis. Current concepts ..
  • Management Role of antihypertensives??
  • Role of bed rest,SRD,
    sedatives tranquilisers?
  • Role of antioxidants??
  • Corticosteroids?
  • Monitoring
  • When to deliver?

Antihypertensive drug therapy for mild to
moderate hypertension during pregnancy.
  • Antihypertensive drugs are often used to lower
    blood pressure in the belief that they will
    prevent this progression. The review of 46
    trials, involving 4282 women, found there was not
    enough evidence to show the benefit of
    antihypertensive drugs for mild to moderate
    hypertension during pregnancy. More research is
  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    2007, Issue 1
    Abalos E, Duley L, Steyn DW, Henderson-Smart DJ..

Bed rest with or without hospitalisation for
hypertension during pregnancy.
  • At present, there is insufficient evidence to
    provide clear guidance for clinical practice.
    Therefore, bed rest should not be recommended
    routinely for hypertension in pregnancy
  • Meher S, Abalos E, Carroli G Cochrane Database of
    Systematic Reviews 2005, Issue 4

  • Mrs. A on routine 2D USG at 31 wks show IUGR on
    biometry with AFI6.
  • Further testing?? Primary screening tool --
    DOPPLER vs BPP vs NST ??
  • In Doppler ---uterine a. /umbilical/MCA/venous
    as primary value screen for fetal well
  • If umbilical flow N What next? How freq
  • If abN What next ? Delivery timing options
  • Role of various Rx options for oligohydramnios
    . recommendations

  • A study comparing fetal heart-rate monitoring,
    biophysical profile and umbilical artery Doppler
    found that only umbilical artery Doppler had
    value in predicting poor perinatal outcomes in

Grade A(RCOG)
  • Use umbilical artery Doppler as the primary
    surveillance tool.
  • A systematic review with meta-analysis has
    provided evidence that the use of umbilical
    artery Doppler to monitor high-risk fetuses
    reduces perinatal morbidity and mortality.
  • In addition, there was a significant reduction
    in the number of antenatal admissions and
    inductions of labour

RCOG Evidence level II
  • A variety of indices of umbilical arterial
    Doppler waveform, such as-
  • Resistance index, systolic/diastolic ratio,
    pulsatility index and diastolic average ratio, is
    used for predicting perinatal outcome.
  • Resistance index had the best ability to predict
    abnormal outcomes

RCOG Evidence level II
  • Frequency of monitoring in SGA fetuses with
    normal Doppler need not generally be more than
    once every fortnight.

RCOG Evidence level Ia
  • Grade A
  • The biophysical profile has not been shown to
    improve perinatal outcome but sufficient data do
    not exist to rule out its value.
  • However, there is evidence from uncontrolled
    observational studies that biophysical profile in
    high-risk women has good negative predictive
    value, i.e. fetal death is rare in women with a
    normal biophysical profile

Evidence level Ib
  • The absence of benefit from randomised trials and
    since it is a time-consuming test, So it cannot
    be recommended for routine monitoring in low risk
    pregnancies or for primary surveillance in SGA
  • When primary surveillance with umbilical artery
    Doppler is found to be abnormal, biophysical
    profile is likely to be useful given its good
    negative predictive value in high-risk
  • This recommendation is further supported by
    evidence that, in high-risk women, the
    biophysical profile was rarely abnormal when
    Doppler findings were normal.

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Some forms of intervention
  • There is not enough evidence to assess the value
  • oxygen therapy,
  • nutrient therapy,
  • hospitalisation and bedrest,
  • betamimetics,
  • calcium channel blockers,
  • hormonal therapy
  • and plasma volume expansion
  • in treating growth restriction.

The Cochrane Library, Issue 3, 2003
Maternal hydration for increasing amniotic fluid
volume in oligohydramnios
  • Simple maternal hydration (two litres of
    water/Intravenous hypotonic hydration) appears to
    increase amniotic fluid volume and may be
    beneficial in the management of oligohydramnios
    and prevention of oligohydramnios during labour
    or prior to external cephalic version. Controlled
    trials are needed to assess the clinical benefits
    and possible risks of maternal hydration for
    specific clinical purposes
  • Hofmeyr GJ, Gülmezoglu AM. Cochrane Database of
    Systematic Reviews 2002, Issue 1.

  • Mrs .A develops sev preeclampsia at 32 wks.BP
    160/110, urine protein 2, Admitted Ix sent.
  • Started on antihypertensives. Fetal Doppler N.
  • Criteria for severe preeclampsia
  • Which antihypertensive would you prefer why ??
  • Delivery ?
  • Prophylactic MgSO4 ??

Features of severe Pre-Eclampsia
  • Blood pressure gt160/110 mm Hg
  • Proteinuria gt5 g/24 h
  • Cerebral involvement (hyper-reflexia, seizures)
  • Oliguria lt 500 ml /24hr
  • Increased serum creatinine level  
  • Pulmonary oedema  
  • Epigastric or right upper quadrant abdominal
  • Evidence of hepatic injury (HELLP)
  • Thrombocytopenia or disseminated intravascular
  • Evidence of fetal compromise (IUGR or

Drugs for treatment of very high blood pressure
during pregnancy.
  • Until better evidence is available, the
    choice of antihypertensive should depend on the
    clinician's experience and familiarity with a
    particular drug, and on what is known about
    adverse effects. Exceptions are diazoxide,
    nimodipine , which are probably best avoided.
  • Duley L, Henderson-Smart DJ, Meher S.
  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Reviews
    2006 Issue 3

  • IV Labetolol
  • Vs
  • SL/Oral Nifedepine
  • vs
  • Oral hydrallazine


Interventionist versus expectant care for
severe pre-eclampsia before term.
  • There are insufficient data for any reliable
    recommendation about which policy of care should
    be used for women with severe early onset
    pre-eclampsia. Further large trials are needed.
  • Churchill D, Duley L. Cochrane Database of
    Systematic Reviews 2002, Issue 3.

Magnesium sulphate and other anticonvulsants for
women with pre-eclampsia
  • Magnesium sulphate more than halves the risk of
    eclampsia, reduces risk of abruptio placenta and
    probably reduces the risk of maternal death. It
    does not improve outcome for the baby, in the
    short term. A quarter of women have side effects,
    particularly flushing.
  • Duley L, Gülmezoglu AM, Henderson-Smart DJ..
  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2003,
    Issue 2.

  • After 12 hrs of admission her UOP is 300 ml/12
    hrs. Bld urea is 40,s creatinine is 1.0
    mg/dl,electrolytes are N.Wt 60 kgs
  • Criteria for renal failure..can we call this
    as renal failure?

  • The RIFLE classification (ADQI group) of
  • Risk (R) - Increase in serum creatinine level X
    1.5 or UO lt0.5 mL/kg/h for 6 hours
  • Injury (I) - Increase in serum creatinine level X
    2.0 or UO lt0.5 mL/kg/h for 12 hours
  • Failure (F) - Increase in serum creatinine level
    X 3.0 or serum creatinine level gt 4 mg/dL UO
    lt0.3 mL/kg/h for 24 hours, or anuria for 12 hours
  • Loss (L) - Persistent ARF, complete loss of
    kidney function gt4 wk
  • End-stage kidney disease (E) - Loss of kidney
    function gt3 months

  • In next 12 hrs UOP is 100 ml.Total 400 ml/24 hrs.
  • Pathogenesis of ARF in preeclampsia clinical
    correlation.Prerenal vs ATN vs CAN
  • Investigations.
  • Role of fluid challenge.
  • Nutrition,fluid electrolyte balance.how to
  • Role of diuretics ???
  • Role of renal dose dopamine ???
  • Dialysis when ,which type???
  • Delivery..when??

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  • CBC
  • Urea,creatinine,uric acid
  • Electrolytes
  • LFT
  • S.proteins
  • Coagulation profile
  • ABG
  • RBS
  • Osmolality
  • sp.gravity
  • osmolality
  • electrolytes
  • proteins
  • pigment casts
  • c/s
  • ECG

Prerenal failure
  • Adequately replace fluid losses,maintain BP.
  • Lasix challenge trial to d/d b/w reversible
  • failure established ATN (provided oliguria
    lt48 hrs
  • UP osmolality gt 1.05)
  • If diuresis (gt50ml/hr or doubling) established
    within 3
  • hrs,maintain NS infusion acc to UOP replace
  • electrolytes acc to urinary loss estimations.
  • If unsuccessful objective is to support the
  • functionally anephric pt till kidneys recover.

  • Diuretics commonly have been given in an attempt
    to convert the oliguric state to a nonoliguric
    state. However, diuretics have not been shown to
    be beneficial, and they may worsen outcomes.
  • In the absence of compelling contradictory data
    from a randomized, blinded clinical trial, the
    widespread use of diuretics in critically ill
    patients with acute renal failure should be
  • Useful only in management of fluid-overloaded

Cantarovich F, Rangoonwala B, Lorenz H, Verho M,
Esnault VL. High-dose furosemide for established
ARF a prospective, randomized, double-blind,
placebo-controlled, multicenter trial. Am J
Kidney Dis 200444402-9. Kellum JA.
Systematic review The use of diuretics and
dopamine in acute renal failure a systematic
review of the evidence. Critical
  • Dopamine traditionally has been used to promote
    renal perfusion(1-5 mcg/kg/min )
  • However, systematic reviews of dopamine
    treatment in critically ill patients and in
    patients with sepsis do not support the use of
    dopamine to prevent renal insufficiency,
    morbidity, or mortality. In the majority of ARF
    studies, dopamine was associated only with an
    increase in urine output.

Kellum JA, Decker MJ. Use of dopamine in acute
renal failure a meta-analysis. Crit Care Med
2001291526-31. Denton MD, Chertow GM, Brady
HR. "Renal-dose" dopamine for the treatment of
acute renal failure scientific rationale,
experimental studies and clinical trials. Kidney
Int 1996504-14.
Low-dose dopamine for women with severe
  • It is unclear whether low-dose dopamine therapy
    for pre-eclamptic women with oliguria is
    worthwhile. It should not be used other than in
    prospective trials.
  • Steyn DW, Steyn P. Cochrane Database of
    Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 1

  • Restore or maintain fluid balance
  • The maintenance of electrolytes and acid base
  • The maintenance of nutritional support
  • Prevention of infection
  • Avoid renal toxins (including NSAIDS)
  • Instigate renal replacement therapies

  • 1500 cal (protein free)
  • Oral/parenteral
  • If vol limitation-50D via central vein
  • Essential L-aminoacids K,Mg,PImprove wound
    healing, hasten recovery
  • Protein intake of 0.6 g per kg per day

Indications for Renal Replacement Therapy
  • Acidosis unresponsive to medical therapy
  • Acute, severe, refractory electrolyte changes
    (e.g., hyperkalemia)
  • Encephalopathy
  • Significant azotemia (blood urea nitrogen level
    gt100 mg per dL 36 mmol per L)
  • Significant bleeding
  • Uremic pericarditis
  • Volume overload

Early Prophylactic Dialysis
  • Allows more liberal fluid, protein salt intake.
  • Prevent hyperkalemic emergencies.
  • Reduces infectious Cx.
  • Improves comfort survival

Hemodialysis Vs Peritoneal dialysis
  • Can be used in preg/PP pt.
  • Easily available
  • Simple,inexpensive
  • Lower Cx rate
  • Minimises rapid metabolic pertubations fluid
  • Insert cath high direct vision
  • Limited usefulness if hypotension
  • C/I in actively bleeding pt.
  • Controlled anticoagulation reqd
  • Volume shifts-careful
  • Faster correction

  • Development of ARF in obs pt is indication of
    delivery in majority cases.
  • Deliver if UOPlt20 ml/hr gt2hrs despite adequate
    vol expansion immediate delivery not expected
  • Redistribution of CO better renal perfusion.
  • Remove fetus from hostile environment.
  • Neonate increased urea osmotis diuresis

  • Decision of LSCS taken. Coagulation profile N .
    Intraop retroplacental haematoma 100 gms .Rest
    uneventful.Post op after 4 hrs continuous
    trickling p/v present .Rpt coagulation profile
  • PC 70000/cumm APTT 70 ,control 40PT 25 ,
    control 15Fibrinogen 60 mg/dl. Hb 8.5,
  • Haematopathology ..
  • How much of above required? Target
  • Monitoring
  • Other Mx options..
  • Expected complications??

  • Base treatment on need to
  • Maintain fibrinogen level above 1 g/l.
  • Maintain PT and APPT less than 1.5 times
    control value
  • Stop persistent active bleeding

Guidelines FFP Use
  • Usual dosing 10-15ml/Kg
  • 15-20 rise in factor levels
  • Usually does not correct laboratory coagulation
    status to normal
  • Evidence for its use as prophylaxis in
    nonbleeding patients, is limited

  • 10-15 ml per unit (bag)
  • Fibrinogen 250 mg
  • Factor VIII 80-120 units
  • Von Willebrand Factor 40-70 of FFP
  • Factor XIII 20-30 of FFP
  • Fibronectin 20-40 mg

Cryoprecipitate Dosing
  • 1-2 Units / 10 Kg
  • Expect 60-100 mg/dl rise in fibrinogen
  • Goal Fibrinogen 70-100 mg/dl
  • Patients on massive transfusion protocol and
    receiving greater than 10 units of FFP generally
    do not need additional cryoprecipitate, having
    received an adequate bolus of fibrinogen in the
    large quantity of FFP.

Platelets Risk of Spontaneous Hemorrhage
  • Count Site
  • gt 40,000 Minimal
  • 20-40,000 GI Mucosa
  • 5-20 Skin,Mucus Membranes
  • lt 5 CNS, Lung

Prophylactic Platelet TX Guidelines
  • Platelet Count/µl Recommendation
  • 0-5,000 Always
  • 5-10,000 If Febrile or Minor Bleeding
  • 11-20,000 If coagulopathy / minor
  • gt20,000 If Major Bleed / invasive

Transfused Platelets/Survival
  • 6 units 1 single donor unit (SDP) available as
    ¼, ½ and full SDP
  • Dose adult 1 unit/8-10 kg
  • Lifespan 7-10 Days Native
  • 2-3 Days Transfused
  • Factors shortening Lifespan
  • Fever, Sepsis
  • HLA, Platelet Specific Abs
  • DIC
  • Product Age?

  • 26 yr primi,32 wks pregnancy ,mild
    preeclampsia,comes with vague symptoms
    malaise,epigastric pain,vomiting, giddiness. On
    Ix--- Hb 9.5,PCV 30, PC 80000,S.Br 2.8, SGPT
    45,SGOT 80, RFT N, Coagulation profile N
  • Probable Diagnosis?? Differential diagnosis??
  • Would you ask for any other Ix??
  • Pathophysiology

Laboratory Findings in HELLP
  • Hemolysis
  • Abnormal peripheral smear
  • Total bilirubin gt 1.2 mg/dl
  • LDH gt 600 IU/L
  • Liver Enzymes
  • AST (SGOT) gt 70 IU/L
  • Platelet count
  • lt 100,000

Etiology and Pathogenesis
  • The hemolysis in HELLP syndrome is a
    microangiopathic hemolytic anemia. Red blood
    cells become fragmented as they pass through
    small blood vessels with endothelial damage and
    fibrin deposits.
  • The peripheral smear may reveal spherocytes,
    schistocytes, triangular cells and burr cells.
  • Increase in Bilirubin and lactic dehydrogenase
  • Haptoglobin

Etiology and Pathogenesis
  • The elevated liver enzyme levels in the syndrome
    are thought to be secondary to obstruction of
    hepatic blood flow by fibrin deposits in the
    sinusoids. This obstruction leads to periportal
    necrosis and, in severe cases, intrahepatic
    hemorrhage, subcapsular hematoma formation or
    hepatic rupture.

Etiology and Pathogenesis
  • The thrombocytopenia has been attributed to
    increased consumption and/or destruction of

With platelet activation, thromboxane A and
serotonin are released, causing vasospasm,
platelet agglutination and aggregation, and
further endothelial damage.
Management options-
  • Role of hydration/Plasma vol
  • Role of corticosteroids
  • Role of aspirin etc
  • Transfusion??
  • Plasmapheresis??
  • Antihypertensives??
  • Anticonvulsants??
  • Conservative vs delivery???
  • CS vs Vaginal?? Precautions in
  • Postpartum recovery ??? Mx..
  • Hepatic imaging ..When??

Corticosteroids for HELLP syndrome in pregnancy.
  • There is insufficient evidence to determine
    whether adjunctive steroid use in HELLP syndrome
    decreases maternal and perinatal mortality, major
    maternal and perinatal morbidity
  • Corticosteroids may be able to normalise some of
    the abnormal biochemical changes caused by HELLP,
    as well as reduce hypertension
  • Matchaba P, Moodley J. Cochrane Database of
    Systematic Reviews Reviews 2004 Issue 1

  • The antenatal administration of dexamethasone in
    a high dosage of 10 mg intravenously every 12
    hours has been shown to markedly improve the
    laboratory abnormalities associated with HELLP
  • Steroids given antenatally do not prevent the
    typical worsening of laboratory abnormalities
    after delivery. However, laboratory abnormalities
    resolve more quickly in patients who continue to
    receive steroids postpartum.

Magann EF, Bass D, Chauhan SP, Sullivan DL,
Martin RW, Martin JN Jr. Am J Obstet Gynecol
HELLP Treatment
  • Dexamethasone 10 mg IV q12hr when platelets lt
  • Platelets for active bleeding, or if lt 20,000
  • Plasmapheresis limited success, but not
    routinely recommended

  • Antihypertensive therapy should be initiated if
    blood pressure is consistently greater than
    160/110 mm hg . The goal is to maintain diastolic
    blood pressure between 90 and 100 mm hg.

  • Patients with HELLP syndrome should be treated
    prophylactically with magnesium sulfate to
    prevent seizures, whether hypertension is present
    or not.

On the basis of platelet count
class I, less than 50,000 per mm3
class II, 50,000 to less than 100,000 per mm3
class III, 100,000 to 150,000 per mm3
Based on the number of abnormalities
full HELLP syndrome
partial HELLP syndrome
considered for delivery within 48 hours
candidates for more conservative management
Audibert F, Friedman SA, Frangieh AY, Sibai BM.
Am J Obstet Gynecol 1996 175460-4.
Eligibility to conservative management
  • Hypertension is controlled at less than 160/110
    mm hg,
  • Oliguria responds to fluid management .
  • Elevated liver function values are not associated
    with right upper quadrant or epigastric pain.
  • Class IIIII .(platelet count).gt50000
  • Partial HELLP

  • Patients who undergo cesarean section should be
    transfused if their platelet count is less than
    50,000 per mm3 ,
  • Prophylactic transfusion of platelets at delivery
    does not reduce the incidence of postpartum
    hemorrhage or hasten normalization of the
    platelet count. .
  • Patients with DIC should be given fresh frozen
    plasma and packed red blood cells.
  • Vertical incision
  • Eventration XX
  • Dead space XX
  • Drains

  • The laboratory abnormalities in HELLP syndrome
    typically worsen after delivery and then begin to
    resolve by three to four days postpartum
  • Martin JN Jr, Blake PG, Perry KG Jr, McCaul JF,
    Hess LW, Martin RW. The natural history of HELLP
    syndrome patterns of disease progression and
    regression. Am J Obstet Gynecol 1991164(6 pt

  • Patients with HELLP syndrome who complain of
    severe right upper quadrant pain, neck pain or
    shoulder pain should be considered for hepatic
    imaging regardless of the severity of the
    laboratory abnormalities, to assess for
    subcapsular haematoma or rupture

  • Mrs .C ,8 wks pregnant, G4P1A2L0, comes for ANC.
    H/O 1PTVD with IUFD,sev oligo,sev preeclampsia at
    27 wks,1early fetal demise at 10 wks,1 early
    fetal demise at 8 wks.
  • Recurrence risk??
  • Special investigations? Whycriteria for
    APLA testing?
  • Prediction of preeclampsiatests
  • Prevention of preeclampsia.role of different
    drugsevidence based recommendations..

  • One or more unexplained deaths gt10 wk
  • One or more pre-eclampsia/ placental
  • insufficiency lt 34wk
  • 3 or more unexplained consecutive
  • spontaneous abortions lt 10 wk
  • Exclude other causes

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  • BP
  • MAP(midtrimester)
  • Roll over test
  • Isometric hand grip test
  • Forearm venous tone
  • Microalbuminuria
  • Fasting urinary albumin creatinine ratio
  • 24 hr urinary calcium excretion
  • U.calcium creatinine ratio
  • U. kallikrein creatinine ratio

  • Pl. urate
  • Platelet count
  • Fibronectin
  • Beta thromboglobulin
  • AT 3 /Factor 8
  • Cytokines
  • Placental peptides
  • Markers of oxidative stress

  • The combination of serum markers(BHCG AFP) and
    abnormal uterine Doppler ultrasound improves the
    identification of women at risk for subsequent
    pregnancy complications. However, the
    sensitivity of these tests is too low to provide
    an efficient generalized screening.
  • Fetal Diagn Ther 20052048-53

Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2006-Jun vol 27
(issue 6)
  • Prediction of pre-eclampsia by uterine artery
    Doppler ultrasonography and maternal serum
    pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A, free
    beta-human chorionic gonadotropin, activin A and
    inhibin A at 22 0 to 24 6 weeks' gestation.
  • Screening by a combination of uterine artery mean
    PI and maternal serum activin A and inhibin A
    could detect 75 and 92 of patients who
    subsequently developed pre-eclampsia, for false
    positive rates of 5 and 10, respectively.

  • In this pilot study intravenous immune globulin
    did not improve obstetric or neonatal outcomes
    beyond those achieved with a heparin and low-dose
    aspirin regimen. Although not statistically
    significant, the findings of fewer cases of fetal
    growth restriction and neonatal intensive care
    unit admissions among the intravenous immune
    globulin-treated pregnancies may warrant
    expansion of the study.
  • The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled
    Trials (CENTRAL) 2008 Issue 2

Antiplatelet agents for preventing pre-eclampsia
and its complications.
  • Antiplatelet agents, largely low-dose aspirin,
    have moderate benefits when used for prevention
    of pre-eclampsia and its consequences. Further
    information is required to assess which women are
    most likely to benefit, when treatment is best
    started, and at what dose.
  • Duley L, Henderson-Smart DJ, Meher S, King JF
    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007,
    Issue 2.

Calcium supplementation during pregnancy for
preventing hypertensive disorders and related
  • Calcium supplementation appears to almost halve
    the risk of pre-eclampsia, and to reduce the rare
    occurrence of the composite outcome 'death or
    serious morbidity'. There were no other clear
    benefits, or harms.
  • The effect was greatest for high-risk women and
    those with low baseline calcium intake .
  • Hofmeyr GJ, Atallah AN, Duley L Cochrane Database
    of Systematic Reviews 1998, Issue 3.

Antioxidants for preventing pre-eclampsia
  • Evidence from this review does not support
    routine antioxidant supplementation during
    pregnancy to reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia and
    other serious complications in pregnancy.
  • Rumbold A, Duley L, Crowther CA, Haslam RR.
    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008,
    Issue 1

Nitric oxide for preventing pre-eclampsia and
its complications.
  • There is insufficient evidence to draw reliable
    conclusions about whether nitric oxide donors and
    precursors prevent pre-eclampsia or its
    complications. The review of trials found too few
    women had been studied, so it was not possible to
    say if nitric oxide drugs help prevent
    pre-eclampsia. However, these drugs did cause
    headaches, often sufficiently severe for women to
    stop taking the drugs. Future studies needed
  • Meher S, Duley L Cochrane Database of Systematic
    Reviews 2007, Issue 2.

Marine oil, and other prostaglandin precursor,
supplementation for pregnancy .
  • There is not enough evidence to support the
    routine use of marine oil, or other prostaglandin
    precursor, supplements during pregnancy to reduce
    the risk of pre-eclampsia, preterm birth, low
    birthweight or small-for-gestational age.
  • Makrides M, Duley L, Olsen SF. Cochrane Database
    of Systematic Reviews 2006, Issue 3.

  • Mrs D ,k/c/o HT ,uninvestigated,primi,26
    yrs,comes with 10 wks pregnancy.
  • Causes
  • Evaluation
  • Prognosis risks
  • Mx .Brief outline

  • Type of anaesthesia..precautions..
  • Fluid balance
  • Invasive haemodynamic monitoring.. PCWP vs
    CVP criteria..indications
  • Pulmonary oedemaprevention Mx

Anesthetic Goals of Labor Analgesia in
  • To establish maintain hemodynamic stability
    (control hypertension avoid hypotension)
  • To provide excellent labor analgesia
  • To prevent complications of preeclampsia
  • intracerebral hemorrhage
  • renal failure
  • pulmonary edema
  • eclampsia
  • To be able to rapidly provide anesthesia for C/S

Benefits of Regional Analgesia for Labor in
  • Superior pain relief over parenteral narcotics
  • Beneficial hemodynamic effects 20 reduction in
    blood pressure with a small reduction in SVR
    maintenance of CI
  • Newsome, Anes Anal 19866531-6
  • Doppler velocimetry shows epidural analgesia
    reduces the S-D flow ratio in the uterine artery
    by ?25 to levels seen in non-preeclamptics
  • Ramos-Santos, et al., Obstet Gynecol 19917720-6

Benefits of Regional Analgesia for Labor in
  • Epidural analgesia ? intervillous blood flow 77
    in severe preeclamptics without maternal ?BP or
    FHR abnormalities
  • Jouppila, et al., Obstet Gynecol 198259158-61.
  • Large series (385) preeclamptic patients labor
    epidural analgesia vs. PCIA meperidine
  • No difference in FHR abnormalities or C/S
  • ? forceps in epi group but 0.125 bupi infusion
  • ? naloxone use, ? umb artery pH, ? 1 min Apgar in
    PCIA group
  • Lucas, et al., Anesthesiology 199889A1033

Regional Anesthesia Preeclampsia
  • One of the most important advantages of labor
    epidural analgesia is that it provides a route
    for rapid initiation of anesthesia for emergency
  • In the past there were concerns re use of
    regional anesthesia for C/S in preeclamptics
  • possibility of severe ? BP 2 sympathectomy in
    patient with volume contraction
  • risk of pulmonary edema due to excessive fluid
    administration with regional block
  • risk with use of pressor agents to treat ? BP

Regional vs. General Anesthesia for C/S in Severe
  • General vs. spinal (CSE) vs. epidural
  • Wallace, et al., Obstet Gynecol 199586193-9
  • Prospective, randomized study
  • All these types of anesthesia were used safely
  • ?? BP on laryngoscopy avoided by controlling
    hypertension pre-op with hydralazine IV NTG
    lidocaine immediately pre-intubation
  • ? BP with regional avoided by 1000 cc LR pre-load
    5 mg boluses of ephedrine for SBP ? 100

Regional vs. General Anesthesia for C/S in Severe
  • BP 20 lower in regional vs general groups at
    skin incision only no difference in min
  • Regional pts received 800 cc more IV fluid
  • 2200 cc vs. 1500 cc
  • No associated pulmonary edema
  • Infant outcomes were similar
  • Caveat cases were not urgent none for
    non-reassuring FHR pattern
  • In an urgent situation there might not be time to
    adequately control hypertension pre-op prior to
    inducing general anesthesia

Epidural vs. Spinal Anesthesia for C/S in Severe
  • Hood, et al., Anesthesiology 1999901276-82
  • Retrospective study
  • Lowest intraoperative blood pressures not
  • Total ephedrine use was small not different
  • Spinal group received 400 cc more IV fluid
  • No pulmonary edema attributable to intraop fluid
  • Maternal infant outcomes were similar

Regional vs. General Anesthesia in Preeclampsia
  • Epidural anesthesia would probably be preferred
    by many anesthesiologists in a severely
    preeclamptic pt in a non-urgent setting
  • For urgent cases it is reassuring to know that
    spinal is also safe
  • This allows us to avoid general anesthesia with
    the potential for encountering a swollen,
    difficult airway and/or labile hypertension

Regional vs. General Anesthesia in Preeclampsia
  • General anesthesia is a well-known hazard in
    obstetric anesthesia
  • 16X more likely to result in anesthetic-related
    maternal mortality
  • Mostly due to airway/respiratory complications,
    which would only be exaggerated in preeclampsia
  • Hawkins, Anesthesiology 199786273

Platelets Regional Anesthesia in Preeclampsia
  • Prior to placing regional block in a preeclamptic
    it is recommended to check the platelet count.
  • No concrete evidence at to the lowest safe
    platelet count for regional anesthesia in
  • Any clinical evidence of DIC would contraindicate
  • In the absence of such signs, most
    anesthesiologists would proceed at plt count
    gt100K, many would proceed at 80-100K, lt80K some
    would proceed (esp. spinal)

Platelets Regional Anesthesia in Preeclampsia
  • When placing a regional block in a patient with a
    platelet count lt 100K, the most important thing
    is to monitor resolution of block closely
  • Bleeding time has been discredited as an
    indicator of epidural bleeding risk and is not
  • Channing-Rogers, Semin Thromb Hemost
  • Low-dose aspirin is not a contraindication to
    regional anesthesia in preeclampsia
  • CLASP study 1422 women on aspirin received
    epidurals without any bleeding complications

Hazards of General Anesthesia in Preeclampsia
  • Airway edema is common
  • Mandatory to reexamine the airway soon before
  • Edema may appear or worsen at any time during the
    course of disease
  • tongue facial, as well as laryngeal
  • Laryngoscopy and intubation may ? severe ?BP
  • Labetolol NTG are commonly used acutely
  • Fentanyl (2.5 mcg/kg), alfentanil (10 mcg/kg),
    lidocaine may be given to blunt response

Hazards of General Anesthesia in Preeclampsia
  • Magnesium sulfate potentiates depolarizing
    non-depolarizing muscle relaxants
  • Pre-curarization is not indicated.
  • Initial dose of succinylcholine is not reduced.
  • Neuromuscular blockade should be monitored
    reversal confirmed.

Invasive Central Hemodynamic Monitoring in
  • Usually reserved for patients with complications
  • oliguria unresponsive to modest fluid challenge
    (500 cc LR X 2)
  • pulmonary edema
  • refractory hypertension
  • may have increased CO or increased SVR
  • Poor correlation between CVP and PCWP in PIH
  • However, at most centers anesthesiologists would
    begin with CVP follow trend
  • not arbitrarily hydrate to a certain number
  • If poor response, change to PA catheter

  • Preanesthetic assessment
  • Airway
  • Aspiration prophylaxis
  • Auscultation of lungs
  • Fluid balance
  • Hemodynamic status
  • Left uterine displacement
  • Renal function
  • Coagulation status

Analgesia for Labor
  • Continuous lumbar epidural
  • Advantages
  • Decreased circulating catecholamines
  • Decreased uterine vascular resistance
  • Improved uteroplacental blood flow
  • Avoids risk of general anesthesia

Epidural Placement
  • R/O coagulopathy, LUD, oxygen, continuous fetal
  • Careful crystalloid preload (250-500 ml)
  • Local anesthetic Bupivicaine (slow onset)
  • Epinephrine consider avoiding
  • Slow, incremental dosing
  • Ephedrine (in smaller doses) for hypotension lt
    20 of baseline

Anesthesia for Delivery
  • Non-emergent C-section
  • Epidural anesthesia thought to allow for
    incremental dosing, potentially avoiding
    precipitous hypotension
  • Spinal anesthesia recent retrospective study
    (Hood Curry, 1999) found no difference in
    hemodynamic changes after spinal or epidural
  • Conclusion spinal is safe alternative to
    epidural w/ added advantage of quicker onset and
    better quality of sensory blockade especially in
    urgent situations

  • Emergent C-section
  • Epidural previously placed, well functioning
  • Spinal if no epidural placed and if FHR stable
  • General anesthesia
  • Coagulopathy
  • Patient refusal of regional
  • Fetal bradycardia prohibits placement in time

Pre-eclampsia Invasive monitoring
  • CVP monitoring may NOT be helpful!
  • poor correlation between CVP and PCWP
  • PA catheters have risks!
  • rare indications
  • pulmonary oedema resistant to diuretics
  • oliguric renal failure despite volume expansion
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