Ijeoma Azonobi, MD, received her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in May 2005. She has begun a residency program in obstetrics and gynecology.
Late-Onset Postpartum Eclampsia
Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2010
2006 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 51, Issue 1, pages 51–53, January-February 2006
How to Cite
Azonobi, I., McBride-Richter, H. and Patrick, L. (2006), Late-Onset Postpartum Eclampsia. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 51: 51–53. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2005.06.009
- Issue online: 24 DEC 2010
- Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2010
- pregnancy-induced hypertension
Eclampsia typically occurs in the antepartum or intrapartum period. Late-onset postpartum eclampsia is a controversial topic, which recently has been accepted as a true phenomenon. Late-onset postpartum eclampsia is a rare occurrence, although literature suggests that it is an increasing phenomenon. In this case study, an essentially healthy primigravida developed eclampsia 7 days postpartum after an unremarkable antepartum and intrapartum course. Because significant morbidity and mortality are associated with this disorder, it is imperative that efforts be made to prevent its occurrence. We recommend including patient education about the prodromal symptoms of late-onset postpartum eclampsia, including headache, visual changes, and abdominal pain at the time of hospital discharge.