Preeclampsia Diagnosis

In order to make a preeclampsia diagnosis, the doctor will ask questions and perform a physical exam. The doctor may also order tests, but there is no single test to diagnose preeclampsia. These tests can be useful when making a preeclampsia diagnosis, because they show how well the organs are functioning. Before diagnosing preeclampsia, the doctor will rule out other conditions that cause similar symptoms.

Preeclampsia Diagnosis: An Overview

In order to make a preeclampsia diagnosis, the doctor will ask a number of questions. These questions may address topics such as:
 
  • Symptoms
  • Current medical conditions
  • Past pregnancy history
  • Family history of medical conditions
  • Current medications.
     
The doctor will also perform a physical exam, looking for signs and symptoms of preeclampsia. Finally, the doctor will order tests that can help in making a preeclampsia diagnosis.
 

Tests Used to Make a Preeclampsia Diagnosis

There is no single test to predict or diagnose preeclampsia. However, combined with preeclampsia symptoms, certain blood and urine tests can be helpful in diagnosing preeclampsia. These tests will show how well the kidneys, liver, and placenta are functioning.
 

Diagnosing Preeclampsia or Another Medical Condition

Before making a preeclampsia diagnosis, the doctor will consider other conditions that cause similar symptoms, including symptoms of a healthy pregnancy.
 
Pregnancy and Pain

What Is Preeclampsia?

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