Treatment of Preeclampsia by Reducing Intra-Abdominal Pressure


  • Harvey J. Sugerman Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 290 Southwinds Dr. Sanibel, FL 33957, USA



Preeclampsia, Increased intra-abdominal Pressure, Compressed venous system; Decreased venous flow, Pregnancy.


it is quite possible that a major cause for preeclampsia in many pregnant women is an increased intra-abdominal pressure, which compresses the venous system and decreases venous flow throughout the body. Treatment could be accomplished by decreasing this pressure through one of several ways. Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians have been very reluctant to explore this possibility; however, all possible treatments of this devastating conditions must be tried.


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