Preeclampsia, eclampsia, and posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome

Sadhana Murali, Kristin Miller, Mollie McDermott*

*Corresponding author for this work

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5 Scopus citations


Preeclampsia is a disorder of pregnancy associated with gestational hypertension and end-organ dysfunction. Patients with eclampsia, by definition, have seizures as part of the clinical syndrome. However, patients with preeclampsia can also have other neurologic symptoms and deficits. Both disorders can be associated with radiographic abnormalities similar to that of posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome, suggesting a common pathophysiology or unified clinical spectrum of disorders. This chapter reviews the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic findings, and prognosis of patients with neurologic complications associated with preeclampsia and eclampsia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Clinical Neurology
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameHandbook of Clinical Neurology
ISSN (Print)0072-9752
ISSN (Electronic)2212-4152


  • Eclampsia
  • Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy
  • Neurology
  • Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pregnancy
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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