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What are the symptoms of an amniotic fluid embolism?

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Dr. David Doucette answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

This disease can present anytime during pregnancy and up to a few days after delivery. Initial presentation is cardiovascular collapse and severe shortness of breath and/or seizures are common.

Answered Jun 17, 2012


Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias answered

Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Afe is an extremely rare but typically lethal complication of late pregnancy. Usually it is unheralded and manifests with complete cardiovascular collapse requiring immediate advanced cardiac life support to avoid rapid death from bleeding and asystole. If the woman is still pregnant, stat delivery may help preserve the fetal life/brain.

Answered Jan 2, 2015



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