Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: Overdiagnosis is appropriate
Stephen P. Emery, MD
Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Address: Stephen P. Emery, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, M66, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195
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ABSTRACTHypertensive disorders of pregnancy are common and require special care to prevent maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Since the symptoms of preeclampsia, the most dangerous disorder, are variable, overdiagnosis is appropriate. Chronic hypertension complicates 5% of all pregnancies and is becoming more common due to delayed childbearing.