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THE LUMELLA® TEST, THE NEW POINT-OF-CARE BLOOD TEST HELPS IN EARLY DETECTION OF PREECLAMPSIA
The Lumella® test estimates the concentration of Glycosylated Fibronectin, a new pregnancy specific biomarker to accurately assess the risk of preeclampsia.
The Lumella® test requires a simple finger stick and can be performed in physician’s office/clinic in the first, second, or third trimesters, between 13 to 37 weeks of gestation.
WHAT IS PREECLAMPSIA?
Preeclampsia is a potentially life-threatening disorder that occurs during pregnancy or the postpartum period. It affects 5-8% of all pregnancies and is characterized by high blood pressure, presence of protein in the urine. Symptoms include swelling, sudden weight gain, recurrent headaches, changes in vision, upper abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Some women with preeclampsia may not show any symptoms. Progression to severe preeclampsia is unpredictable. Early detection of preeclampsia prevents adverse complications and improves maternal and fetal outcomes.
LEFT UNDETECTED, PREECLAMPSIA CAN RAPIDLY PROGRESS TO A POTENTIALLY FATAL CONDITION
Preeclampsia is a common complication of pregnancy that can harm you and your baby. Risk factors include:
Hisory of Preeclampsia
A personal or family history of preeclampsia significantly raises your risk of preeclampsia.
The risk of developing preeclampsia is highest during your first pregnancy.
Each pregnancy with a new partner increases the risk of preeclampsia over a second or third pregnancy with the same partner.
The risk of preeclampsia is higher for pregnant women under 18 or over 40.
The risk of preeclampsia is higher if you are obese.
A Multiple Pregnancy
Preeclampsia is more common in women who are carrying twins, triplets or other multiples.
Interval Between Pregnancies
Having babies less than one year apart or more than 10 years apart leads to a higher risk of preeclampsia.
History of Certain Conditions
Having certain conditions before you become pregnant — such as high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, a tendency to develop blood clots, or lupus — increases your risk of preeclampsia.
The only cure for preeclampsia is delivery. Of course, if it’s too early in your pregnancy, delivery may not be the best thing for your baby.
If you are at high risk for preeclampsia, your provider may advise you to take a low-dose aspirin after 10 weeks’ gestation as a preventative measure.
If you are diagnosed with preeclampsia,you’re at an increased risk of seizures, placental abruption, stroke and possibly severe bleeding until your blood pressure decreases. You will need to come in for more frequent prenatal visits and may need to be hospitalized, sometimes for weeks. You’ll also need more frequent blood draws for testing, blood pressure checks, ultrasounds and non-stress tests.
If you develop preeclampsia you will probably receive magnesium sulfate and antihypertensive medications to lower your blood pressure. You may receive corticosteroids if you have yet to reach 34 weeks’ gestation.
Lumella® Preeclampsia Test
A new point-of-care blood test to help determine your risk for Preeclampsia
This test only requires a simple finger stick and can be performed in your physician’s office during the first, second, or third trimester of your pregnancy.