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Young Pregnant Woman With Hypertension and Proteinuria: A Clinicopathologic Exercise

Published: December 7, 2009 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.7763

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This educational module covers the clinical, radiographic, pathologic, and therapeutic aspects of preeclampsia. The single-page case exercise uses the roll-over menu and click button functionality of Articulate Engage ’09 software to enable students to work through the case at their own pace, in a nonlinear fashion. Students are able to access case details such as, clinical history, physical examination, laboratory data, radiology information, gross pathology (i.e., a video recording of a dissection of the patient’s placenta and fetal membranes), and histopathology data (i.e., annotated and narrated high-magnification images). By allowing students to view additional hidden details in any order, the case is intended to foster clinical decision-making skills. The case exercise includes a series of questions that the student should try to answer before reading the case summary. The case summary details critical learning points and addresses the questions that have been posed to the student.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Distinguish the clinical characteristics of preeclampsia; eclampsia; and hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelet count (HELLP) syndrome.
  2. Identify and recognize the pathologic changes present in the placenta and membranes of patients with preeclampsia.
  3. Hold a basic understanding of the therapeutic approaches in patients with preeclampsia.

Author Information

  • John Woosley, MD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • Claudia Brady, MHS: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • Kirsten Boland, MHS: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

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Woosley J, Brady C, Boland K. Young pregnant woman with hypertension and proteinuria: a clinicopathologic exercise. MedEdPORTAL. 2009;5:7763. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.7763