How is HELLP syndrome treated?
The main treatment for HELLP is to deliver your baby. This may have to be done before your due date. Most women who have this illness start to get better a couple of days after their babies are born.
If you aren't too sick, your doctor may wait a few days before delivering your baby.
You may have to take a steroid. This medicine helps both you and your baby.
If you have bleeding, you may need blood transfusions or other treatments in the hospital.
Some women who have HELLP syndrome get very sick. Rarely, this illness is fatal.
HELLP Syndrome: Recognition and Perinatal Management by Maureen O'Hara Padden, LCDR, MC, USN (American Family Physician September 01, 1999, http://www.aafp.org/afp/990901ap/829.html)
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