HELLP syndrome: A syndrome featuring a combination of "H" for hemolysis (breakage of red blood cells), "EL" for elevated liver enzymes, and "LP" for low platelet count (an essential blood clotting element).
PRE-ECLAMPSIA is a condition that only occurs during pregnancy. It causes high blood pressure, protein leaks from the kidneys into the urine, and other symptoms may develop (see below). It usually develops sometime after the 20th week of pregnancy. The severity of pre-eclampsia can vary. Serious complications may affect the mother, the baby, or both. The more severe the condition becomes, the greater the risk that complications will develop.