Publication Year

1984

Keywords

Biology, magnesium deficiency, hypertension, pregnancy, pre-eclampsia

Disciplines

Biology | Cell and Developmental Biology | Life Sciences

Abstract

The worldwide problem of preeclampsia has remained unresolved for centuries. It is estimated that preeclampsia kills five million pregnant women and fetuses annually. This mysterious disease is defined by three symptoms; hypertension, edema, and proteinuria. Other common symptoms include cerebral and visual disturbances; increased vascular reactivity to pressure substances, and uteroplacental changes (ischemia). To date, there has been no physiological explanation for preeclampsia. The treatment used for extreme cases of preeclamspia (or eclampsia) is the administration of magnesium sulfate which restores normal blood pressure. The relationship between magnesium depletion and blood pressure is the subject of this project.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Biology

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