Uric acid, endothelial dysfunction and pre-eclampsia: Searching for a pathogenetic link

Duk Hee Kang, Jennifer Finch, Takahiko Nakagawa, S. Ananth Karumanchi, John Kanellis, Joey Granger, Richard J. Johnson

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Background: Pre-eclampsia is strongly associated with hyperuricemia, and in some studies the increase in serum uric acid has been found to correlate with both maternal and fetal morbidity. The hyperuricemia is believed to result primarily from the decreased renal excretion that occurs as a consequence of the pre-eclampsia, and as such is widely viewed as a marker for pre-eclampsia as opposed to having a role in the pathogenesis. Hypothesis: We present the hypothesis that hyperuricemia may also have a contributory role in the development of hypertension and renal disease in these patients, and we review recent experimental data that would support this hypothesis. Recommendation: We suggest that studies addressing the role of uric acid in pre-eclampsia may provide new insights into both the pathogenesis and treatment of this condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-235
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Hypertension
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2004


  • Hypertension
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Renal disease
  • Toxemia
  • Uric acid


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