A world first blood test will be used at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne to help predict if a pregnant woman will develop the potentially deadly condition pre-eclampsia.
The test could save thousands of mothers and babies from premature deliveries.
About one in 20 pregnant women experience pre-eclampsia, which can cause dangerously high blood pressure and damage to the liver, kidneys, brain and other organs.
Women who have experienced pre-eclampsia in previous pregnancies or who are experiencing symptoms are provided with the test which predicts the likelihood of them developing the condition in the following four weeks, reports 9 news.
Medical expert Dr Penny Adams said the test measure two proteins and can predict how severe the symptoms will be.
It is hoped the test will eventually be rolled out across Australia and abroad.
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