Pre-eclamp­sia sets stage for eye is­sues

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Pre-eclamp­sia — the preg­nancy com­pli­ca­tion char­ac­ter­ized by high blood pres­sure and po­ten­tial or­gan dam­age — is linked to eye prob­lems in the mother later in life, new re­search has found.

Cana­dian re­searchers tracked more than 1 mil­lion women who gave birth in Que­bec be­tween 1989 and 2013, of whom 64,350 were given a di­ag­no­sis of preeclamp­sia. Then they fol­lowed them us­ing hospi­tal dis­charge data over the years. The study is in Ob­stet­rics and Gyne­col­ogy.

Af­ter ad­just­ing for age, so­cioe­co­nomic sta­tus, di­a­betes, hyper­ten­sion, obe­sity and other fac­tors that can af­fect the eyes, they found that com­pared with women who did not have pre-eclamp­sia dur­ing preg­nancy, those who did had 1.6 times the risk of reti­nal de­tach­ment and nearly dou­ble the risk of other dis­eases of the retina. The in­crease in risk be­gan right af­ter de­liv­ery and grew steadily over 15 years of fol­low-up. Women with pre-eclamp­sia early in preg­nancy were at greater risk than those whose preeclamp­sia be­gan later.

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