A number of conditions need to be excluded before making the diagnosis of preeclampsia in a pregnant woman with hypertension.

Patient selection: hypertensive pregnant woman


Conditions that need to be considered in addition to preeclampsia:

(1) HELLP syndrome (which may be a complication of HELLP)

(2) acute fatty liver of pregnancy (AFLP)

(3) malignant hypertension

(4) DIC

(5) TTP or HUS

(6) systemic vasculitis

(7) sepsis

(8) drug effect

(9) cavernous hemangioma

(10) cancer

(11) secondary cause of hypertension (renal disease, pheochromocytoma, etc)

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