(Ohio) – A new test that could help save babies lives is in the works.
The Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University recently announced a new rapid test for preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a condition in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, sometimes with fluid retention and proteinuria.
The condition is quite common in pregnancy, according to the CDC, but the issue is that many women often don’t know they have it because of its symptoms, such as headaches and swelling, which are common in pregnancy.
Treating the condition often calls for early labor, partly because it causes the mother’s blood pressure to go high.
However, the new urine test recently announced may help doctors detect it even sooner. According to reports, the new test will give a result in just three minutes. It uses a special red dye that reacts to unique proteins in the urine of pregnant women with preeclampsia.
The simple test could be given easily during a prenatal visit. Studies are continuing to see if the test could lead to more mothers being able to carry full-term with early identification and treatment.
Researchers at Ohio State indicate the FDA is expected to approve the new test within the next few years.