DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT HELLP SYNDROME IS? I HAD IT

Trenika - posted on 06/22/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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HELLP syndrome stands for Hemolysis, Elevated Liver enzymes and Low Platelets. It is an uncommon pregnancy disease that is related to pre-eclampsia (pregnancy-related high blood pressure), occurring in approximately one percent of all pregnancies.



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Carolyn - posted on 06/22/2009

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I had it...you have your description a little off.



HELLP syndrome stands for Hemolysis, Elevated Liver enzymes and Low Platelets. It is an uncommon pregnancy disease that is related to pre-eclampsia (pregnancy-related high blood pressure), occurring in approximately one percent of all pregnancies.



Essentially, HELLP is a “sick cell” syndrome which affects the liver and the platelets. When a woman develops HELLP, her red blood cells are damaged, the liver malfunctions and the capacity to clot blood is diminished. “It’s a potentially dangerous condition that can cause death or permanent disability,” says Jon Barrett, chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, “but if it’s diagnosed quickly, and treated, the recovery is usually 100 percent.”



What causes it?

This remains a mystery. Barrett speculates that HELLP begins as the placenta is implanting, when the mother’s body reacts to the father’s DNA as a foreign body. But researchers don’t yet fully understand what causes HELLP, nor do they agree on whether pre-eclampsia is a prerequisite.

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