What is it about?

Endothelial dysfunction, the basis of the onset of atherothrombosis, is the process underlying the preeclampsia (PE). The first step in the process of atherosclerosis is increase in carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT). So we put it together and the aim of the study was to evaluate CIMT values in patients who developed and did not develop PE, and to determine whether CIMT values could be predictors of PE development.

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Why is it important?

The use of non-invasive, high-resolution ultrasound-based imaging has enabled the detection of atherosclerosis, and the question is whether CIMT can be a predictor of PE in a asymptomatic population


CIMT values were significantly higher in patients who develop PE. Early identification of high-risk patients in prevention of PE is imperative in the work of gynecologists and CIMT may be additional marker, which will be with other biochemical and ultrasound parameters a part of the mosaic that could predict the occurrence of PE.

Raul Moreira Neto

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This page is a summary of: Increased of the carotid intima media thickness in preeclampsia, Journal of Perinatal Medicine, September 2020, De Gruyter,
DOI: 10.1515/jpm-2020-0158.
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