Unknown and unexpected: Preeclampsia


Up to five percent of all central European women experience preeclampsia from the 20th week of pregnancy onwards - formerly also known as pregnancy poisoning. It is regarded as one of the main causes of maternal and child morbidity and mortality due to pregnancy. In addition, a high proportion of all preterm births are due to preeclampsia.

It is therefore important to know the individual risk of the pregnant woman at an early stage. If the risk is high, the affected person is closely monitored. In addition, the rapid and reliable diagnosis of an impending preeclampsia is of great importance in order to be able to act appropriately.

Preeclampsia is considered to be a risk factor:


  • previous pregnancy with pre-eclampsia, eclampsia or HELLP
  • Preeclampsia, eclampsia or HELLP in the family
  • chronic pre-existing conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, or autoimmune disease
  • multiple pregnancy
  • Pregnant women of African or African-American origin
  • young primipara
  • Pregnant women over 40 years of age
  • Overweight (BMI over 35)
  • Chronic hypertension >140/90 mmHg
  • protein in urine
  • low PAPP-A value
  • increased risk after pre-eclampsia screening

Two laboratory methods can provide important information. We offer both.

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