Hypertension in Pregnancy Increases Kidney Failure Risk

An analysis of data from 26,651 women in Taiwan with hypertensive disorders in their first pregnancy and 213,397 women without such disorders revealed that the incidence of end-stage renal disease was 14-fold higher in the hypertensive cohort, with particular risk conferred upon women who had preeclampsia or eclampsia rather than gestational hypertension only. I-Kuan Wang, MD, of the China Medical University Hospital in Taichung, Taiwan, and coauthors also found that the incidence of chronic kidney disease was almost 11-fold higher for the women with hypertensive disorders, according to a report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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