Eclampsia is the onset of seizures (convulsions) in a woman with pre-eclampsia.
Pre-eclampsia is a disorder of pregnancy in which there is high blood pressure and either large amounts of protein in the urine or other organ dysfunction.
Onset may be before, during, or after delivery. Most often it is during the second half of pregnancy. The seizures are of the tonic–clonic type and typically last about a minute.
Following the seizure there is typically either a period of confusion or coma.
Keywords: define eclampsia; eclampsia definition.