ABSTRACT Introduction Preeclampsia is a well known obstetric complication characterized with hypertension and proteinuria whereas HELLP syndrome (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelet count) which was first stated by Prichard in 1954 and described by Weinstein in 1982, is a multisystemic disease usually seen in the third trimester and in the postpartum period, usually in 48 - 72 hours following delivery . Aim In this study we aim to share our experience in 17 patients with HELLP syndrome treated in our clinic between January 2005 and March 2008 in regard of the current literature. Material and Methods 17 patients diagnosed with HELLP syndrome between January 2005 and March 2008 were retro-spectively re-evaluated in regard of symptoms, treatment options and prognosis. As such this is a retro-spective study focusing on case reports. Conclusion As noted before main focus of treatment should be on patient stability, in other words, palliative care under intensive care conditions.
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Güven, D. , Bakay, K. , Koçak, İ. and Üstün, C. (2012) A review of HELLP syndrome, in 17 patients. Open Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2, 318-320. doi: 10.4236/ojog.2012.23066.
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