Preeclampsia or eclampsia may be associated with headaches.


Patient selection: woman with headache


Features of headache associated with preeclampsia or eclampsia:

(1) The patient is pregnant or has delivered within the past 4 weeks (postpartum).

(2) The patient has been diagnosed with preeclampsia or eclampsia.

(3) Presence of 2 or more of the following:

(3a) The headache occurs with a temporal relation to the onset of the preeclampsia or eclampsia.

(3b) (The headache gets worse if the preeclampsia or eclampsia becomes worse.) OR (The headache improves with resolution of preeclampsia or eclampsia.)

(3c) The headaches have >= 2 of the following:

(3c1) bilateral

(3c2) pulsating

(3c3) aggravated by physical activity

(4) No other explanation can explain the headaches better.


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