A: Eclampsia is a condition in pregnant women with high blood pressure characterized by the occurrence of otherwise unexplained seizures.  It is sometimes thought to be the end stage of "preeclampsia" but this is a subject of some controversy. 

Though rare, eclampsia is a serious condition that requires timely diagnosis and management to protect both the mother and the unborn child.  Treatment is typically aimed at preventing low oxygen levels; controlling blood pressure; preventing seizures; and planning for delivery.

Eclampsia usually occurs after the 20th week of gestation (although it can occur prior) and is most common within 48 hours of labor.  

If you or your child has been injured as a result of an undiagnosed or poorly managed eclampsia condition, you may have legal rights that will help pay for your medical costs and long term care needs.  Call the Erie medical malpractice lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. for a free consultation at 814-580-5017 or toll free at 877-505-9548.