Published in Women's Health Weekly, August 23rd, 2001
Based on a study of 60 pregnant women with mild or severe pre-eclampsia, doctors say plasma levels of a growth factor responsible for new blood vessel growth and permeability called VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) tend to rise in pre-eclamptic women to such high levels that those values can discriminate mild disease from severe disease.
The rise in VEGF levels in women with pre-eclampsia appears to be caused by a complex cascade of biochemical events,...
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