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Follow-up interviews after eclampsia

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence of persisting symptoms 6 months or more after eclampsia. METHODS: During a 2-year period (mid-1998 to mid-2000), 210 patients with eclampsia were included in a prospective cohort study of eclampsia in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. One hundred and twenty-three women (59%) were followed up with a structured telephone interview, 6-24 months (median 11) after their eclamptic fit. RESULTS: At the time of follow-up, 63 women (51%) had at least one persistent symptom; 2 patients had severe neurological sequels (hemiparesis and dysarthria), 11% had visual disturbances, 22% had problems concentrating or recalling phone numbers and messages, 18% reported frequent headaches and 10% had vertigo or balance problems. CONCLUSION: Although few women suffered from severe sequels, many women had persisting symptoms following eclampsia indicating a need for follow-up of these patients. A case-control study comparing the health and symptoms between women having suffered from eclampsia and women without this complication may therefore be justified.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
Volume67
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)49-52
Number of pages3
ISSN0378-7346
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Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Keywords: Adolescent; Adult; Cohort Studies; Eclampsia; Female; Follow-Up Studies; Humans; Incidence; Interviews as Topic; Pregnancy; Prospective Studies; Scandinavia; Young Adult

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