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.

Share your comments below.

  • Important test. I didn’t realize the statistics for this were so high.


  • Well done to these researchers on creating a better future for us all


  • A remarkable test and well done to the researchers.


  • Sounds like a very important blood test.

    • Absolutely – this is the kind of research and outcome that is essential.


  • I had pre eclampsia with my first baby. A blood test will certainly make things easier


  • I had pre-eclampsia with both my babies so this test would have been very handy.


  • Oh, that’s amazing. Let’s hope it will be available soon around the all Australia!1


  • It’s great that this test will be done soon as it will help a lot of women who suffer from pre eclampsia


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