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Statistics about Eclampsia

Statistics on eclampsia show that it is a very rare condition, affecting only one in 2,000 to 3,000 pregnancies each year.

Factors involved in the preeclampsia-eclampsia condition:

  • 98% of women and babies affected by preeclampsia survive the condition
  • high blood pressure occurs in 6% to 8% of U.S. pregnancies
  • 70% of those are first-time pregnancies
  • doctors diagnosed more than 146,320 cases of preeclampsia in one year (1998)
  • the ratio of pregnancies with eclampsia to all births has remained about the same over the past 10 years
  • a 2001 study showed the rate of fetal deaths caused by eclampsia by ethnicity of the mother
  • 0.6% of all fetal deaths
  • 0.4% of all newborns of Euro-American women
  • 0.9% of all deaths of babies born to African-American women

The body of statistical data is growing, however, each pregnancy involving preeclampsia-eclampsia is unique. Parents should focus on the evaluations and treatments by their doctor and not draw any conclusions from broad statistics.

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