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1 Pregnancy Induced Hypertension Jun Ma Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology The First Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong Univ

2 Introduction Incidence: China: 9.4%, worldwide: 7-12% The most common and yet serious conditions seen in obstetrics cause substantial morbidity and mortality in the mother and fetus Death due to cerebral hemorrhage, aspiration pneumonia, hypoxic encephalophathy, thromboembolism, hepatic rupture, renal failure

3 Hypertension in pregnancy Definition Diastolic BP ≥90 mmHg Systolic BP ≥140 mmHg Or as an increase in the diastolic BP of ≥ 15 mmHg or in the systolic blood pressure of 30 mmHg, as compared to previous pressure The increased blood pressures be present on at least two separate occasions, > 6h apart

4 Classification

5 Pregnancy-induced hypertension Preeclampsia Mild Severe Eclampsia Chronic hypertension preceding pregnancy Chronic hypertension with superimposed PIH Superimposed preeclampsia Superimposed eclampsia Gestational hypertension Classification of Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy (ACOG)

6 Classification (1) 1.Pregnancy-induced hypertension: Hypertension associated with proteinuria and edema, occurring primarily in nulliparas after the 20 th week or near term. Preeclampsia 【 mild 】 BP ≥ 140/90mmHg Onset after 20 weeks’ gestation Proteinuria (>300mg/24-hr urine collection) or + Epigastric discomfort Thrombocytopenia

7 Classification (2) 【 severe 】 BP ≥ 160/110 mmHg Marked proteinuria (>1-2 g/24-hr urine collection or 2+ or more), oliguria Cerabral or visual disturbances such as headache and scotomata Pulmonary edema or cyanosis Epigastric or right upper quadrant pain (probably caused by subcapsular hepatic hemorrhage) Evidence of hepatic dysfunction, or thrombocytopenia

8 Classification (3) Eclampsia Meets the criteria of preeclampsia Presence of convulsions, not attributable to other neurological disease, Occurrence: %, with 25% occurring in the 1 st 72 hs postpartum

9 Classification (4) 2.Chronic hypertension proceeding pregnancy (essential or secondary to renal disease, endocrine disease, or other causes) BP ≥ 140/90 mmHg Presents before 20 wk gestation Persists beyond 12 wk postpartum

10 Classification (5) 3.Chronic hypertension with superimposed preeclampsia or eclamptia Coexistence of preeclampsia or eclampsia with preexisting chronic hypertension Cause greatest risk When diagnosis is obscure, it is always wise to assume that the findings represent preeclampsia and treat accordingly.

11 Classification (6) 4.Gestational hypertension: not mentioned in the ACOG Finding of hypertension in late pregnancy in the absence of other findings suggestive or preeclampsia Transient hypertension of pregnancy May develop into chronic hypertension if elevated BP persists beyond 12 weeks postpartum

12 High risk factors Nulliparous 40 ys, multiple pregnancy Has previous gestational hypertensive disorders Chronic nephritis Diabetic Malnutrition Low social status Hydatidiform mole

13 Etiology: UNCLEAR Immune mechanism (rejection phenomenon, insufficient blocking Ab) Injury of vascular endothelium----disruption of the equilibrium between vasoconstriction and vasodilatation, imbalance between PGI and TXA Compromised placenta profusion Genetic factor Dietary factors: nutrition deficiency Insulin resistance Increase CNS irritability

14 Pathophysiology

15 Central nervous system Raised BP disrupt autoregulation Increased permeability due to vasospasm--- thrombosis of arterioles, microinfarcts, and petechial hemorrhage Cerebral edema: increased intracranial pressure CT scan (1/3-1/2 positive): focal hypodensity Cerebral angiography: diffuse arterial vasoconstriction EEG: nonspecific abnormality (75% in eclamptic patient)

16 Eyes Serous retinal detachment Cortical blindness

17 Pulmonary system Pulmonary edema Cardiogenic or noncardiogenic Excessive fluid retention, decreased hepatic synthesis of albumin, decreased plasma colloid oncotic pressure, Often occurs postpartum Aspiration of gastric contents: the most dreaded complications of eclamptic seizures

18 Kidneys Characteristic lesion of preeclampsia: glomeruloendotheliosis Swelling of the glomerular capillary endothelium Decreased GFR Fibrin split products deposit on basement membrane Proteinuria Increase of plasma uric acid, creatinine,

19 Liver The spectrum of liver disease in preeclampsia is broad Subclinical involvement Rupture of the liver or hepatic infarction HELLP syndrome: hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelets

20 Cardiovascular system Generalized vasoconstriction, low-output, high-resistance state Untreated preeclamptic women are significantly volume-depleted Capillary leak Cardiac ischemia, hemorrhage, infarction, heart failure Increased sensitivity to vasoconstrictor effects of angiotensin

21 Blood (1) Volume: reduced plasma volume Normal physiologic volume expansion does not occur Generalized vasoconstriction and capillary leak Hematocrit

22 Blood (2): coagulation Isolated thrombocytopenia: <150,000/  l Microangiopathic hemolytic anemia DIC (5%) HELLP syndrome: in severe preeclampsia 1. schistocytes on the peripheral blood smear 2. lactic dehydrogenase > 600 u/L 3. total bilirubin > 1.2 mg/dl 4. aspartate aminotransferase >70 U/L 5. platelet count <100,000/mm 3 Misdiagnosis: hepatitis, gallbladder disease, ITP

23 Endocrine system Vascular sensitivity to catecholamines and other endogenous vasopressors such as antidiuretic hormone and angiotensin II is increased in preeclampsia Disequilibrium of prostacyclin/ thromboxane A2

24 Placenta perfusion 500  m vs 200  m Acute atherosis of spiral arteries: fibrinoid necrosis of the arterial wall, the presence of lipid and lipophages and a mononuclear cell infiltrate around the damaged vessel---- vessel obliteration---- placental infarction Fetus is subjected to poor intervillous blood flow IUGR or stillbirth

25 Clinical findings (1) Symptoms and signs 1.Hypertension Diastolic pressure ≥ 90 mmHg or Systolic pressure ≥ 140 mmHg or Increase of 30/15 mmHg 2.Proteinuria >300 mg/24-hr urine collection or + or more on dipstick of a random urine

26 Clinical findings (2) 3.Edema Weight gain: 1-2 lb/wk or 5 lb/wk is considered worrisome Degree of edema Preeclampsia may occur in women with no edema Most recent reports omit it from the definition

27 Clinical findings (3) 4.Differing clinical picture in preeclampsia- eclampsia crises: patient may present with Eclamptic seizures Liver dysfunction and IUGR Pulmonary edema Abruptio placenta Renal failure Ascites and anasarca

28 Clinical findings (4) Laboratory findings (1) Blood test: elevated Hb or Hct, in severe cases, anemia secondary to hemolysis, thrombocytopenia, FDP increase, decreased coagulation factors Urine analysis: proteinuria and hyaline cast, specific gravity > Liver function: ALT and AST increase, alkaline phosphatase increase, LDH increase, serum albumin Renal function: uric acid: 6 mg/dl, serum creatinine may be elevated

29 Clinical findings (5) Laboratory findings (2) Retinal check: Other tests: ECG, placenta function, fetal maturity, cerebral angiography, etc

30 Differential diagnosis Pregnancy complicated with chronic nephritis Eclampsia should be distinguished from epilepsy, encephalitis, brain tumor, anomalies and rupture of cerebral vessel, hypoglycemia shock, diabetic hyperosmatic coma

31 Complications Preterm delivery Fetal risks: acute and chronic uteroplacental insufficiency Intrapartum fetal distress or stillbirth IUGR Oligohydramnios

32 Predictive evaluation (1) 1.Mean arterial pressure, MAP= (sys. Bp + 2 x Dia. Bp) /3 MAP> 85 mmHg: suggestive of eclampsia MAP > 140 mmHg: high likelihood of seizure and maternal mortality and morbidity

33 Predictive evaluation (2) 2.Roll over test: ROT Preeclamptic patients are more sensitive to angiotensin II Difference between Bp obtained at left recumbent position and supine position (at a 5 min interval) Positive: > 20 mmHg 3.Urine calcium/ creatinine < 0.04

34 Prevention Calcium supplementation: not effective in low risk women bur show effect in high risk group Aspirin (antithrombotic): uncertain Good prenatal care and regular visits Baseline test for high-risk women Eclampsia cannot always be prevented, it may occur suddenly and without warning.

35 Treatment A. Mild preeclampsia: bed rest & delivery Hospitalization or home regimen Bed rest (position and why) and daily weighing Daily urine dipstick measurements of proteinuria Blood pressure monitoring Fetal heart rate testing Periodic 24-h urine collection Ultrasound Liver function, renal function, coagulation

36 A. Mild preeclampsia: bed rest & delivery Observe for danger signals: severe headache, epigastric pain, visual disturbances Sedatives: debatable

37 B. Severe preeclampsia: Prevention of convulsion: magnesium sulfate or diazepam and phenytoin Control of maternal blood pressure: antihypertensive therapy Initiation of delivery: the definitive mode of therapy if severe preeclampsia develops at or > 36 wk or if there is evidence of fetal lung maturity or fetal jeopardy.

38 Magnesium sulfate 1.Decreases the amount of acetylcholine released at the neuromuscular junction 2.Blocks calcium entry into neurons 3.Vasodilates the smaller-diameter intracranial vessels

39 Magnesium sulfate 1.Prevent convulsion 2.Virtually ineffective on blood pressure 3.i.v. or i.m. 5g loading dose 5-10 min, i.v. 1-2g/hr constant infusion Total dose: g/d

40 Toxicity: Diminished or loss of patellar reflex Diminished respiration Muscle paralysis Blurred speech Cardiac arrest

41 How to prevent toxicity? Frequent evaluation of patellar reflex and respirations Maintenance of urine output at >25 ml/hr or 600 ml/d Reversal of toxicity: 1.Slow i.v. 10% calcium gloconate 2.Oxygen supplementation 3.Cardiorespiratory support

42 Antihypertensive therapy: reduce the Dia. pressure to mmHg Indication Bp> 160/110 mmHg Dia. Bp > 110 mmHg MAP > 140 mmHg Chronic hypertension with previous antihypertensive drugs usage

43 Antihypertensive therapy Medications: Hydrolazine: initial choice Labetolol Nifedipine Nimoldipine Methyldoe Sodium nitroprusside

44 Medication Mechanism of action Effects hydralazine Direct peripheral vasodilation CO, RBF maternal flushing, headache, tachycardia labetalol  adrenergic blocker CO, RBF maternal flushing, headache, neonatal depressed respirations nifedipine Calcium channel blocker CO, RBF maternal orthostatic hypotension Headache, no neonatal effects methyldopa Direct peripheral arteriolar vasodilation CO, RBF maternal flushing, headache, tachycardia sodium nitroprussideDirect peripheral vasodilation Metabolite (cyanide) toxic to fetus

45 Plasma expander Diuretics

46 Delivery Indication of termination of pregnancy 1. Preeclampsia close to term 2. <34 wk with decreased placental function 3. 2 hs after control of seizure

47 Delivery Induction of labor 1. First stage: close monitor, rest and sedation 2. Second stage: shorten as much as possible 3. Third stage: postpartum hemorrhage Cesarean section 1. Induction of labor unsuccessful 2. Induction of labor not possible 3. Maternal or fetal status is worsening

48 Eclampsia No aura preceding seizure Multiple tonic-clonic seizures Unconsciousness Hyperventilation after seizure Tongue biting, broken bones, head trauma and aspiration, pulmonary edema and retinal detachment

49 Management Control of seizure Control of hypertension Delivery Proper nursing care


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