≤ 38 - rule out pre-eclampsia for 1 week (week 24 to week 36
plus 6 days)
>38 - rule in pre-eclampsia within 4 weeks (week 24 to week
36 plus 6 days)
Suspicion of preeclampsia in pregnant women. Pre eclampsia is characterised by high blood pressure
(hypertension) and proteinuria, which is when the kidneys
leak protein into the urine. Either, on its own indicates a risk
of developing pre-eclampsia. Other symptoms include
headache, visual disturbances, right upper quadrant
abdominal (epigastric) pain, oedema (swelling of the hands,
face or feet) and oliguria (low urine output).
PLGF will help decide on care (to help rule in or rule out pre clampsia) for people with suspected preterm (between
20 weeks and 36 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy).
PLGF-based testing may particularly benefit groups at higher
risk of severe adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as people
from African, Caribbean and Asian family backgrounds.
Additional information on placental growth factor and its clinical use can be found here: PGF.
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