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Causes of Eclampsia

Exactly what causes eclampsia is not fully understood. Factors that may contribute are blood vessel problems, disorders of the brain or nervous system, genetics and diet.

Eclampsia arises from preeclampsia, a form of gestational hypertension, so women with a history of preeclampsia in a prior pregnancy or with a history of high blood pressure are at higher risk. Other possible causes leading to eclampsia include carrying more than one baby, and a history of diabetes, kidney disease, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

African-American women are at a higher risk of preeclampsia, as are women over age 35, teen pregnancies and first pregnancies.

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