Automated blood pressure measurement as a predictor of proteinuric pre-eclampsia

Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1997 May;104(5):559-62. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.1997.tb11532.x.


Objectives: To investigate the relation between antenatal clinic, obstetric day unit and 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure measurements and 24-hour proteinuria levels in hypertensive pregnancies.

Design: An observational study.

Participants: Forty-eight women presenting with new hypertension after 20 weeks of gestation.

Results: The closest relation was found between ambulatory blood pressure measurements and 24-hour proteinuria levels. No significant relation was found between the conventional diastolic blood pressure threshold of 90 mmHg and 24-hour proteinuria levels.

Conclusions: Ambulatory blood pressure measurement gives better information about disease status in pre-eclampsia as assessed by proteinuria than does conventional sphygmomanometry.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Blood Pressure / physiology*
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Pre-Eclampsia / diagnosis
  • Pre-Eclampsia / physiopathology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Trimester, Second
  • Prenatal Diagnosis