Annals of African Medicine

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2009  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 76--80

The use of magnesium sulphate for the treatment of severe pre-eclampsia and eclampsia


Jamilu Tukur 
 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital/ Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Jamilu Tukur
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Bayero University, Kano
Nigeria

Background : Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are important causes of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality in the developing countries. There is need to provide the most effective management to pre-eclamptic and eclamptic patients. There is now evidence that magnesium sulphate is the most effective anticonvulsant. Method : In this article , a literature review was made on the contribution of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia to maternal mortality and how it can be curtailed by the use of magnesium sulphate. Results : The drug is administered by the Pritchard or Zuspan regimen, although modifications in the two protocols have been reported. Conclusion : A Nigerian national protocol has been developed on its use. There is need for further training of health workers on how to use this important drug.


How to cite this article:
Tukur J. The use of magnesium sulphate for the treatment of severe pre-eclampsia and eclampsia.Ann Afr Med 2009;8:76-80


How to cite this URL:
Tukur J. The use of magnesium sulphate for the treatment of severe pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. Ann Afr Med [serial online] 2009 [cited 2020 Aug 10 ];8:76-80
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