Asphyxia is pronounced 'ass-fix-ee-ah'.

'Acute' refers to a condition that begins suddenly and rapidly becomes very serious.

Table 19.1 Common complications of severe pre-eclampsia in the mother and the fetus.

Maternal complicationsFetal complications
Eclampsia Placental abruption
Intracranial haemorrhage (bleeding inside the skull) Intrauterine asphyxia (severe shortage of oxygen in the uterus)
Anaemia IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction)
Low platelet count, poor blood clotting and risk of bleeding Premature delivery
Acute kidney failure IUFD (intrauterine fetal death)
Acute liver failure, maybe even liver rupture Respiratory distress after birth(early neonatal asphyxia)
Fluid in the lungs (pulmonary oedema) Mental retardation
Heart failure
Temporary total blindness
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