Because eclampsia follows preeclamsia, research into these conditions focuses largely on the former.
Current research is being pursued on:
- conditions in pregnancy that increase risk
- how preeclampsia progresses and affects a woman and her fetus
- markers that may identify women at risk
- how cellular and molecular changes may determine if preeclampsia will develop and how severe it may be
- treatments to help prevent preeclampsia
- therapy to treat eclampsia
Research is being done on the use of antiseizure drugs such as magnesium sulfate. Antioxidants like vitamins C and E, selenium and lycopene are also being researched for their effect on preeclampsia.
There are a number of research studies and clinical trials on the beneficial effects of nutritional supplements on preeclampsia.