Using blood tests to predict pre-eclampsia

Some pregnant women can have a temporary – and dangerous – rise in blood pressure known as pre-eclampsia. In this study Qiong Luo and Xiujun Han from Zhejiang University in China looked at the effectiveness of different substances in the bloodstream at predicting which women had pre-eclampsia. They found that the levels of the substances PP13 and sFlt-1 were significantly increased in the women with pre-eclampsia and the levels of a substance called FSLT3 was reduced. PP13 was the most effective indicator with a detection rate of 61.3% but a combination of all three substances was most effective with a detection rate of 69.8%.

You can read the abstract of this article here.


About John Gale

I work as a medical librarian in the Joint Education and Training (JET) library at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. I keep clinicians up to date with the latest research, help them to find the best information about treatment and train them to find - and assess - high-quality information for themselves. I also help doctors and nurses find and write high-quality information for patients.
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