[Experiences with HELLP syndrome].Z Geburtshilfe Perinatol. 1992 Sep-Oct; 196(5):193-8.ZG
Between 1988 and 1991 thirty-nine pregnant women suffering from HELLP-Syndrome were treated in our hospital. A retrospective analysis of clinical course and of the changes in the relevant laboratory values was performed. The incidence of the HELLP-Syndrome at Freiburg University Hospital was 0.85% for all pregnancies or 17% of the patients with toxaemia. 90% of the women were primipara, there was no prevalence of a certain group. The clinical course was characterized by the perseverance of symptoms for more than two weeks in 18% of the cases and a perinatal mortality of 25%, the latter mainly due to prematurity of the infants. This suggests that perinatal mortality due to respiratory distress syndrome can be reduced by conservative and expectative management of these patients. However on the other side a high rate of caesarean sections (77%) and sometimes even induced abortions were necessary to avoid maternal mortality and severe pre-or postpartal complications for these women.