What Is Preeclampsia?

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Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication marked by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys. Preeclampsia usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women whose blood pressure had been normal. Even a slight rise in blood pressure may be a sign of preeclampsia. Preeclampsia can cause serious — even fatal — complications for both the mother and the baby if left untreated. If you have any signs of a preeclampsia, contact your doctor as soon as possible.   Keywords: definition preeclampsia; define preeclampsia; preeclampsia definition.