Author(s): Magann EF, Martin JN Jr
The early diagnosis and treatment of HELLP syndrome remains problematic for the obstetric health care provider. The nonspecific signs and symptoms of this disorder early in the disease process make the accurate diagnosis difficult and delays early treatment, which has the best prognosis for both maternal and perinatal outcome. The introduction of high-dose nonmineralocorticosteriods to assist in the treatment of these patients is an exciting new development. Use of the 12-step approach to the diagnosis and management of pregnancies complicated by HELLP syndrome has proven to be a successful tool to help us achieve the best possible maternal and perinatal outcome.