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Question: What is HELLP syndrome?

Answer:

HELLP is an acronym for a syndrome of hemolysis, elevated liver function, and/or low platelets. HELLP syndrome is thought to be a subcategory of severe preeclampsia. Patients may or may not have other signs of preeclampsia. HELLP syndrome often has a rapidly accelerating downhill course. Most clinicians deliver infants expeditiously regardless of the gestational age.

Reference: Weinstein L: Preeclampsia/eclampsia with hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and thrombocytopenia. Obstet Gynecol 66:657, 1985. Medline Similar articles

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