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Pre-eclampsia: a study of the economic costs of the disease at

11 July 2017 13:26

11/07/2017 13:20

Pre-eclampsia, a dangerous condition that occurs during pregnancy can lead to serious complications for the mother and child. In some cases, if a woman has the age and weight, preeclampsia indicators are growing rapidly. There are some national impact assessments of preeclampsia on the health of mothers and their babies on the health and economy. A new study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology examines the short-term costs associated with this disease. Spending on health care in the first 12 months after birth, pre-eclampsia is 2.18 billion. Dollars.

The findings are particularly important given the growth of disease cases. "Current treatment options for pre-eclampsia and disease research is limited, despite the scale and high growth rates. From an epidemiological point of view, the number of cases of pre-eclampsia is growing faster than the cases of diabetes,heart disease , Obesity and chronic diseases of the kidneys , "- explains senior investigator Anupam B. Jena, MD.

Roberto Romero stated that pre-eclampsia is a major cause of maternal mortality and perinatal morbidity. However, patients and doctors no data on the evaluation of health care and the costs associated with this disease. Dr. Romero said that the cost of treatment costs outside the scope of short-term health care costs, since women are more exposed to early cardiovascular disease. Moreover, children are also at risk of adverse effects due to pre-eclampsia and premature birth.

The researchers found that mothers suffering from pre-eclampsia, and their babies significantly higher risk of adverse effects compared with healthy mothers. For mothers most common problems associated with pre-eclampsia are bleeding (from 3.1% to 5.4%) and thrombocytopenia, low platelet indices (0.9% to 3.7%). Baby preeclampsia is associated with an increased risk of respiratory distress syndrome (1,9-6,6%) and sepsis (from 3.0% to 5.4%).

Data showed the high costs associated with childbirth. For the first 12 months of life - $ 1.03 billion for mothers and 1.15 billion dollars for the babies. "Raising the level of pre-eclampsia threatens the health and well-being of mothers and babies, - commented Dr. Callaghan -. This study underscores the need to continue the study of the causes of disease and treatments that can help women to cope with this condition. "

"The total amount of short-term spending on health during pregnancy with preeclampsia, including the usual costs associated with the birth, estimated at $ 6.4 billion.", - says Eleni Tsigas, executive director of the Foundation of preeclampsia, stressing the need for more research funding.



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