All of the four eclamptic cases with HELLP syndrome died giving a 100% fatality rate while none of the imminent eclamptic and severe pre-eclamptic patients with the syndrome died. Furthermore, there were six (15.8%) perinatal deaths among the 38 infants delivered by the 34 mothers with severe pre-eclampsia/eclampsia. Our data suggest that the development of HELLP syndrome is more likely in eclamptic patients and when it occurs in them, it is highly fatal. Most of the cases in this study were unbooked. Substandard care may have contributed to the progression of the disease state and consequently, to maternal mortality. It is imperative to draw up an action plan for the identification of the risk factors for the development of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia at peripheral hospitals and maternity centres and for prompt referral of such cases afterwards...
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