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Preeclampsia (PE) is a pregnancy-related disease, and it is a leading cause of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. It is characterized by the new onset of hypertension after 20 weeks of gestation together with signs of organ damage, most commonly the kidneys. The treatment of PE is symptomatic and final intervention requires delivery, regardless of the gestational age of the foetus. Furthermore, PE is a risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease - even many years after the delivery.
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