HELLP syndrome is a rare but serious condition. It is a form of severe preeclampsia that occurs during pregnancy or just after delivery. HELLP stands for:
- H emolysis
- E levated
- L iver enzymes
- L ow
- P latelet count
HELLP involves three types of problems:
- Hemolysis is the destruction of red blood cells. This can lead to anemia.
- High levels of liver enzymes. Liver enzymes are chemicals in the blood that show how well the liver is working. High levels of enzymes mean the liver has been damaged.
- Low platelet count. Platelets are components that help stop bleeding. A low level of platelets can lead to problems with bleeding.
Red Blood Cells
Last reviewedJune 2013by Andrea Chisholm; Brian Randall, MD
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