The use of urinary diagnostic indices in pre-eclampsia-associated oliguria

B Gonik, R Feuer
American Journal of Perinatology 1987, 4 (2): 138-9
A case is presented of severe pregnancy-induced hypertension that was complicated by oliguria and managed with the aid of a pulmonary artery catheter. This case illustrates that urinary diagnostic indices may be unreliable in predicting the etiology of oliguria. Although urinary diagnostic tests are advocated routinely as reliable in the nonobstetric literature, possible misinterpretation of these values in severe pre-eclampsia with oliguria may require confirmation with hemodynamic data obtained from a pulmonary artery catheter.

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