HELLP Syndrome

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HELLP Syndrome

HELLP syndrome is a serious complication of severe pregnancy induced hypotension. It stands for elevated high blood pressures, elevated liver function test, low platelets and blood clotting disorders. It’s a condition that’s extremely rare and we only see it in 1 to 2 per 1000 pregnancies. We’re not sure why it happens, but once it’s diagnosed, immediate delivery of the fetus is necessary. Maternal complications, if left untreated, can be liver and kidney failure, placenta abruption, the need for an emergent cesarean section, seizures and death. For a premature fetus sometimes corticosteroids are needed to help with lung function. And of course, if the baby is premature, then the hyaline membrane disease is not unusual as well.

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Sherry Ross, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Sherry A. Ross, MD, received her OB/GYN training at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and she was honored with two teaching awards as a senior medical resident. She was a medical consultant on the books Expecting Fitness and Two at a Time.  She also has appeared on MTV, consulted for Fit Pregnancy, People, In Touch, and Shape Magazine. She has been in private practice in Santa Monica, California for the past 20 years. In addition to her medical practice, Dr. Ross was the President of the Upper and Middle Division of Brentwood School and has been on the board of Planned Parenthood, Los Angeles, for three years. She is married and has three children.

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