NHS launches blood tests for pre-eclampsia after positive study results


Placental growth factor blood tests for preeclampsia should be made available to pregnant women in England after a test has found that the test can accelerate the accurate diagnosis.

Pre-eclampsia is suspected in about 10% of pregnancies in the UK and affects about 80,000 women per year. The placental growth factor test indicates whether a woman is at high, medium or low risk.

Researchers at King's College London found that by measuring the concentration of placental growth factor in a woman's blood, doctors could diagnose pre-eclampsia on average two days earlier. The study, published in Lancet, found this faster …


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