Table 1

 Main characteristics of HELLP complicating the APS and comparison with series of HELLP in referral obstetric centres

APS present series(n = 16)Martin6Class3–Class1Sibai1Audibert3
HELLP onset:
    Ante-partum14 (87.5%)70%
    Post-partum2 (12.5%)30%
Elevated aminotransferase15 (94%)100%100%90%
Thrombocytopenia15 (94%)100%100%75%
Hypertension11 (69%)70–90%65%
Proteinuria >0.5g/day11 (69%)80–90%100%
Haemolysis10 (62.5%)100%100%51%
Abdominal pain7 (44%)16–50%100%73%
Eclampsia5 (31%)4–13%8%
Ascites3 (19%)32%
Seizures3 (19%)
Coagulopathy2 (12.5%)8–32%21%11%