Pre-eclampsia may be caused by the fetus, not the placenta, says Anaesthesia editorial

Pre-eclampsia, the potentially deadly condition that affects pregnant women, may be caused by problems meeting the oxygen demands of the growing fetus, according to an editorial in Anaesthesia, the journal of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI).


The finding has promoted the co-author of the editorial, Associate Professor Alicia Dennis, Consultant Anaesthetist & Director of Anaesthesia Research at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, to call for the name of the condition to be changed to make women more aware of the risks.

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