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Preeclampsia And Toxemia: How Do They Differ? - Dr. Mills

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Dr. Marlin Mills describes the differences between preeclampsia and toxemia. Dr. Mills is an experienced physician in high-risk pregnancy situations and on staff at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona.

Dr. Mills:
The terminology for preeclampsia can often be confusing. It’s often called preeclampsia, toxemia, PIH, or pregnancy induced hypertension, and PET. Primarily the terminology we should use is preeclampsia or eclampsia. Toxemia is a general term, implies a toxin or substance that causes this but we really don’t know what the specifics of that are.

Pregnancy induced hypertension is a distinct entity where blood pressure may be elevated, but without the other features of preeclampsia so there is not proteinuria, no other organ system involvement and can be managed by either watching the blood pressure carefully or treating that as necessary.

And then PET, or preeclampsia toxemia, again it often is used as an abbreviation in charts when writing this out so we don’t have to write preeclampsia, eclampsia out all the time but implies that particular condition. So the distinction would be preeclampsia, eclampsia is distinctly different from pregnancy-induced hypertension, or PIH, and that PIH does not have all of the other features other than just the hypertension.

About Dr. Marlin D. Mills, M.D.:
Marlin D. Mills, MD, is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is on staff at Banner Desert Medical Center. A former medical director for the hospital, Dr. Mills provides yearly educational programming to the nurse staff on high-risk obstetrics—new ideas and options. Dr. Mills received his medical degree at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara Medical School in Mexico. He completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Valley Medical Center in Fresno, Calif., and his Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship training at University of California Irvine Medical Center, Long Beach, Calif.

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Condition: Preeclampsia, Pregnancy, High-Risk Pregnancy

Related Terms: Cesarean Section, C-Section, Vaginal Birth, Elective C-Section, Emergency C-Section, Labor, Umbilical Cord Prolapse, Preeclampsia, Toxemia

Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Health, Banner Desert Medical Center, Banner Desert Hospital, Maternity Services at Banner Desert Medical Center

Location: Mesa, Arizona, AZ, 85202, East Valley, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Apache Junction, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Guadalupe, Phoenix Metropolitan Area

Expert: Dr. Marlin D. Mills, Marlin Mills, M.D, Doctor Mills, Obstetrician Marlin Mills, High-Risk Pregnancy Expert Marlin Mills, Marlin Mills, OB/GYN

Expertise: High-Risk Pregnancy, Cesarean Section, C-Section, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Prenatal Education, Perinatal Care, Birthing Services, Fetal Assessment, Breastfeeding Support, Fetal Therapy, Fetal Intervention, Premature Babies, Preeclampsia, Phoenix Perinatal Associates, High-Risk Obstetrics, Fetal Physiology, Perinatal Grief


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