New tests for pre-eclampsia (PlGF-based testing)

8th July 2016 by Louise Hudman

New tests for pre-eclampsia (PlGF-based testing)

This is a new guideline from NICE on using two new tests which will help in the diagnosis of pre-eclampsia. Although we are unlikely to be using these tests ourselves, we may start seeing patients who have had them used and so need to be aware of the implications. There is also a reminder that women at risk of pre-eclampsia (see the bottom paragraph) need 75mg of aspirin from 12/40, which we will need to prescribe and likely initiate.

These tests are the Triage PlGF test and the Elecsys immunoassay sFlt‑1/PlGF ratio. Two other tests have not been approved as they have not been shown to be accurate enough yet.

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