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September 2, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(10):941. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800350051016

A large percentage of patients who have eclampsia will develop and maintain a residual hypertension, and a considerable but smaller percentage will have persistent albuminuria.

Page and Cox1 have analyzed the reports of thirty authors published in the last twenty years. The 3,800 subjects in the combined reports were patients with eclampsia or other hypertensive syndromes of pregnancy who had been subsequently examined over periods varying from several months to several years. The authors found that 43 per cent of 3,000 of these patients had residual hypertension. Of a smaller group of several hundred patients who had had urinalyses in the follow-up examinations, 14 per cent were found to have persistent albuminuria. The California investigators then report follow-up examinations on their own group of eclampsia patients observed at the Los Angeles County Hospital in the ten year period that ended with 1936. They were able to locate and reexamine