Urine test could predict fatal pregnancy condition

A simple urine test could predict whether women will go on to suffer with potentially fatal complications in pregnancy

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic believe a simple urine test could predict whether women will go on to develop potentially fatal pre-eclampsia during pregnancy.

The doctors found that certain kidney cells are found in the urine of women who have high blood pressure and are more likely to develop pre-eclampsia. This separates them from women who just suffer high blood pressure.

A team of researchers led by Dr Vesna Garovic tested 315 women and found that none of the women with normal pregnancies tested positive for the kidney cells.

‘Studies of the associations of hypertensive pregnancy disorder with maternal risks for future cardiovascular disease could lead to new guidelines for screening and treatment of women at risk, with the ultimate goal of improving cardiovascular health in women,’ says Dr Garovic.

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