Does HELLP syndrome affect the baby?

Does HELLP syndrome affect the baby?

HELLP syndrome is a rare disorder, affecting less than 1 percent of all pregnancies. However, it is a major health concern and can be life-threatening to both the mother and the unborn baby. Prompt treatment and delivery of the baby are generally required for the best outcome.

What is the mortality rate of HELLP syndrome?

Pregnancy complicated by severe preeclampsia with HELLP syndrome is associated with an increased risk of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality (1,4). The reported maternal mortality and perinatal mortality rate of HELLP syndrome ranges from 0-24% and 6.6-60%, respectively (2,5).

Why is eclampsia fatal?

Without treatment, pre-eclampsia can cause the destruction of red blood cells, elevated liver enzymes and low platelet count (HELLP syndrome) and become life-threatening. In addition, left untreated, eclampsia can cause stroke, coma and death for both the mother and baby.

What does HELLP syndrome pain feel like?

Symptoms of HELLP include: Serious pain just below the ribs. Acute pain on the upper right side of the chest area (where the liver is) Shoulder pain or pain when breathing.

Should I have another baby if I had HELLP syndrome?

HELLP is related to preeclampsia and about 4 to 12 percent of women diagnosed with preeclampsia develop HELLP. HELLP syndrome can also cause complications in pregnancy, and if you had HELLP in a previous pregnancy, regardless of the time of onset, you have a greater risk for developing it in future pregnancies.

Who is at risk for HELLP syndrome?

You’re at risk for HELLP if you have preeclampsia or eclampsia. About 1 to 2 in 10 pregnant women (10 to 20 percent) with preeclampsia or eclampsia develop HELLP. Preeclampsia is a serious blood pressure condition that can happen after the 20th week of pregnancy or after giving birth (called postpartum preeclampsia).

Can HELLP occur after delivery?

HELLP syndrome is a pregnancy complication. It is a type of preeclampsia. It usually occurs during the third trimester of pregnancy. But it also can develop in the first week after childbirth (postpartum preeclampsia).

How fast can HELLP syndrome develop?

This illness can start quickly. It most often occurs in the last 3 months of pregnancy (the third trimester). It can also start soon after you have your baby. Women who have HELLP syndrome may have bleeding problems, liver problems, and blood pressure problems.

What are the long term effects of HELLP syndrome?

Conclusion: Patients with a history of HELLP are at increased risk for preeclampsia and HELLP as well as long-term morbidities as depression and chronic hypertension. Gestational age at the onset of HELLP could be a predictor for long-term outcome.