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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of an amniotic fluid embolism?

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Dr. David Doucette
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Cardiovascular fails: 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.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 years experience
Sudden shock, death.: 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.

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A 31-year-old female asked:

What causes amniotic fluid embolism?

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Dr. David Sherer
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Vein: It is when amniotic fluid enters the bloodstream through the venous system. It can be very dangerous, potentially causing a embolus in the lung.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for amniotic fluid embolism?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Clinical and DIC: Amniotic fluid embolism, depending on the amount of fluid getting into maternal circulation can be catastrophic. The diagnosis depends on clinical suspicion and testing for disseminated intra-vascular coagulation, namely low platelet count, elevated pt ptt, abnormal shape of red cells, low fibrinogen and fibrin split products, chest x-ray etc.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What is amniotic fluid embolism?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Maternal illness: As a complication of pregnancy and delivery, amniotic fluid may gain entry into the maternal circulation. It induces intravascular thrombus formation followed by bleeding disorder, and respiratory problems and shock in the mother.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

Explain the condition called an amniotic fluid embolism.?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Rare and serious: Amniotic fuild embolism (afe) is rare and usually occurs during delivery (vaginal or cesarean). It happens when amniotic fluid is forced into the blood steam. It can be difficult to diagnose and hard to treat - and can be fatal. Fortunately it is quite rare.
A member asked:

How does meconium stain amniotic fluid causes amniotic fluid embolism?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
It doesn't: There is not known relationship between the two conditions you reference. Meconium amniotic fluid does not cause amniotic fluid embolism.

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