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How is HELLP syndrome treated?

Treatment for HELLP syndrome may vary, depending on the stage of pregnancy and severity of symptoms. If the pregnancy is more than 34 weeks, definitive treatment for HELLP syndrome is delivery of the baby. If the pregnancy is less than 34 weeks, treatment includes: bed rest with a hospital admission; corticosteroids to help the baby’s lungs develop more quickly; blood transfusion if blood platelets are too low; monitoring of the unborn baby, and; magnesium sulphate to help prevent seizures.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 24 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 18 May 2018
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Category: Pre-eclampsia

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