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Pre-eclampsia may be caused by the fetus, not the placenta, says expert
Pre-eclampsia, the potentially deadly condition that affects pregnant women, may be caused by problems meeting the oxygen demands of the growing fetus, according to an editorial in the November issue of Anaesthesia, the journal of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI).
The new unified theory of pre-eclampsia challenges the current view that pre-eclampsia is caused specifically by a problem with the placenta. It also challenges the widely held view that pre-eclampsia is caused by an as yet unidentified substance that the placenta produces. It proposes that there are many different conditions, either in the mother, in the placenta or in the baby that lead to inefficient oxygen delivery to the baby. The response of the mother is to try and deliver more oxygen to the baby to help the baby grow, but this raises her own blood pressure and damages her body.
A. T. Dennis, J. M. Castro. Hypertension and haemodynamics in pregnant women - is a unified theory for pre-eclampsia possible? Anaesthesia, 2014; 69 (11): 1183 DOI: 10.1111/anae.12832

currentsinbiology:

Pre-eclampsia may be caused by the fetus, not the placenta, says expert

Pre-eclampsia, the potentially deadly condition that affects pregnant women, may be caused by problems meeting the oxygen demands of the growing fetus, according to an editorial in the November issue of Anaesthesia, the journal of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI).

The new unified theory of pre-eclampsia challenges the current view that pre-eclampsia is caused specifically by a problem with the placenta. It also challenges the widely held view that pre-eclampsia is caused by an as yet unidentified substance that the placenta produces. It proposes that there are many different conditions, either in the mother, in the placenta or in the baby that lead to inefficient oxygen delivery to the baby. The response of the mother is to try and deliver more oxygen to the baby to help the baby grow, but this raises her own blood pressure and damages her body.

A. T. Dennis, J. M. Castro. Hypertension and haemodynamics in pregnant women - is a unified theory for pre-eclampsia possible? Anaesthesia, 2014; 69 (11): 1183 DOI: 10.1111/anae.12832

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