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HELLP syndrome

A syndrome featuring a combination of "H" for hemolysis (the breakdown of red blood cells), "EL" for elevated liver enzymes, and "LP" for low platelet count (an essential blood clotting element). The HELLP syndrome is a recognized complication of preeclampsia and eclampsia (toxemia) of pregnancy. Immediate delivery of the baby may be required to preserve the life of the mother.
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