VPE pregnancy – What is it ?
In VPE pregnancy, VPE stands for “Viral Propagated Eclampsia” . This is a hypertensive state of pregnancy.
There are several hypertensive states of pregnancy - Gestational hypertension, Preeclampsia, Eclampsia, HELLP syndrome and Acute fatty liver of pregnancy. Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are sometimes treated as components of a common syndrome
Some risk factors result these states in a pregnant woman. These are -
- Family history of preeclampsia
- Pre-existing hypertension
- Renal disease
- Diabetes mellitus
- Multiple gestation (twins or triplets, etc.)
- Age 35 or greater
- Adolescent pregnancy
Pre-eclampsia is a medical condition in which hypertension arises in pregnancy (pregnancy-induced hypertension) in association with significant amounts of protein in the urine
Eclampsia is an acute complication of pregnancy, is characterized by the appearance of tonic-clonic seizures, usually in a patient who had developed pre-eclampsia. (Preeclampsia and eclampsia are collectively called Hypertensive disorder of pregnancy and toxemia of pregnancy.)
Viral Propagated Eclampsia (VPE) - It is the eclampsia which is resulted due to some family history of preeclampsia. Viral propagation of Eclampsia from blood relatives is termed as VPE pregnancy.
Reason of Buzz for VPE pregnancy
“VPE pregnancy” is being searched mostly after its occurrence on a TV Series – Fringe. The episode “Bloodline” has this , which is 18th episode of the 3rd series of Fringe. In bloodline, both Rachel and Fauxlivia is infected with VPE which caused Rachel and her baby to die in child birth. Both Rachel and Fauxlivia are sisters in this.
If you are pregnant, then please dont make any assumptions by this single blog post or your internet research. Your doctor knows you and your pregnancy status more than anybody else. So please do not make any assumption about yourself and VPE Pregnancy.