Last revised by Yuranga Weerakkody on 21 May 2018

Eclampsia is a condition involving seizures and hypertension in pregnancy. It is thought to result from hypertensive encephalopathy 1.

Radiographic features


MR imaging has shown that cytotoxic edema and posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome are common in eclampsia. The severity of the imaging changes correlates with the clinical severity of eclampsia 2.

Treatment and prognosis

The only definitive treatment is delivery of the fetus. Magnesium sulfate is indicated for the prevention and treatment of eclamptic seizures 3.

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