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Specialized Diagnostic Investigations to Assess Ocular Status in Hypertensive Diseases of Pregnancy

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Ex-Resident, M & J Western Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Ahmedabad 380016, Gujarat, India
Academic Editor: Maurizio Battino
Diseases 2016, 4(2), 19; https://doi.org/10.3390/diseases4020019
Received: 6 February 2016 / Revised: 27 March 2016 / Accepted: 15 April 2016 / Published: 22 April 2016
This review describes specialized diagnostic investigations to assess ocular status in hypertensive diseases of pregnancy. Ocular assessment can aid in early detection for prompt multidisciplinary treatment, obstetric intervention and follow-up. The investigations accurately predict the possible causes of blindness in hypertensive diseases of pregnancy. The investigations include fluorescein angiography, ophthalmodynamometry, fluorophotometry, imaging modalities, OCT, ultrasonography, doppler velocimetry and blood chemistry analysis. The review includes a summary of imaging techniques and related recent developments to assess the neuro-ophthalmic aspects of the disease. The imaging modalities have been instrumental in understanding the complex neuropathophysiological mechanisms of eclamptic seizures. The importance of blood chemistry analysis in hypertensive diseases of pregnancy has been emphasized. The investigations have made a significant contribution in improving the standards of antenatal care and reducing maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. View Full-Text
Keywords: hypertensive diseases of pregnancy; preeclampsia; eclampsia; investigations hypertensive diseases of pregnancy; preeclampsia; eclampsia; investigations
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Bakhda, R.N. Specialized Diagnostic Investigations to Assess Ocular Status in Hypertensive Diseases of Pregnancy. Diseases 2016, 4, 19.

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