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(reply to Anonymous)

I'm sorry you had to go through this. As Susan Shay says in her comments below, sometimes too much information ahead of time can terrify a woman. I agree that this is a very serious matter, but at the same time if a woman is aware of changes in her body and communicates with her health care practitioner, hopefully HELLP will be recognized and treated before it becomes too advanced.

According to the Padden article in American Family Physician, "The mortality rate for women with HELLP syndrome is approximately 1.1 percent." Most women, fortunately, do not progress to the level of coma and death.

I certainly do not mean to minimize the severity of HELLP Syndrome. This is a very serious -- and scary -- condition, which is why I felt it was important to write about it and educate women who might be experiencing some of the symptoms.

Hillary Easom

August 11, 2011 - 10:22pm


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