BACKGROUND: Eclampsia is a rare and serious complication of pregnancy. The occurrence of preeclampsia prior to the 20th week of gestation has been associated with concurrent hydatidiform molar pregnancy. We present a case of eclampsia complicating a partial molar pregnancy associated with a viable fetus. CASE: A 22-year-old white woman, gravida 1, para 0, at 14 weeks' gestation, presented with an excruciating headache associated with hypertension, proteinuria and a viable intrauterine fetus with gastroschisis. Subsequently the patient had a generalized tonic-clonic seizure which resolved with magnesium sulfate therapy. Markedly elevated quantitative human chorionic gonadotropin and a moderately thickened placenta were the sole clinical features suggestive of a molar gestation. Dilation and evacuation was performed revealing unremarkable products of conception. Pathologic and cytogenetic analyses revealed a triploid fetus (69,XXX) consistent with partial molar pregnancy. CONCLUSION: Development of preeclampsia/eclampsia prior to 20 weeks of gestation should prompt a clinical evaluation to exclude the possibility of an underlying hydatidiform molar pregnancy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist|
|State||Published - May 1998|
- Hydatidiform mole