HELLP syndrome refers to a subcategory of preeclampsia (page here) that is commonly referred to as “severe preeclampsia”. It is characterized by the following:
- Hemolysis (LDH can be increased in patients)
- Elevated Liver enzymes (such as AST, ALT)
- Low Platelets (thrombocytopenia can be observed).
HOW DO WE TREAT IT?
Delivery: this is a life threatening condition for both the mother and the fetus. Delivery is the cornerstone of treatment. It should be done under the following circumstances:
- ≥ 34 weeks gestation
- Deteriorating maternal status: to spare the mother’s life
- Deteriorating fetal status: to spare the life of the fetus
Page Updated: 10.13.2016