World First Pre-Eclampsia Test Could Save Hundreds of Babies, King's College London

Published: Nov 07, 2013

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The lives of hundreds of babies a year in the UK could be saved thanks to a rapid blood test that can accurately diagnose pre-eclampsia for the first time.

Researchers at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London have discovered that testing the level of a protein called placental growth factor (PlGF) in pregnant women before 35 weeks can accurately diagnose pre-eclampsia, a severe type of high blood pressure in pregnancy that is potentially fatal for the mother and baby.

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