New urine test that could spot pre-eclampsia

Posted by pt91 at Nov 24, 2010 05:05 PM |
A team of researchers from the University of Leicester and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has discovered a test that could potentially give an early warning of a pregnancy complication.

The team, led by Dr Matt Hall of our Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, has shown that by analysing the protein content of pregnant women’s urine they can predict the development of pre-eclampsia with a high degree of accuracy.

Pre-eclampsia affects approximately 5% of pregnancies and can pose serious health concerns for mother and child. Some patients develop severe disease associated with kidney, liver and neurological problems. The condition is characterised by high blood pressure and the loss of protein in the urine during the second half of pregnancy.

The research, done in collaboration with the University Hospitals of Leicester, is one of a number of health-related projects on which the two organisations have worked together. Among these are using a robotic arm to perform a heart operation and a new Cardiovascular Research Unit.