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Dr. Tahir Chauhdry
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Amniotic Fluid Embolism (Overview)

Amniotic fluid embolism happens when amniotic fluid, fetal cells, fetal hair, or other debris enters the mother's blood stream and lodges in her lungs as a form of pulmonary embolism.


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Are there certain things that make getting amniotic fluid embolism more likely?

Are there certain things that make getting amniotic fluid embolism more likely?

Yes: Careless surgery can open venous plexuses susceptible to pick up amniotic fluid. Too much pressure on the abdomen during cesarean can do the same thing as well. Sometimes with everything done perfectly still happens unfortunately.

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Dr. Tahir Chauhdry
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Amniotic Fluid Embolism (Overview)

Amniotic fluid embolism happens when amniotic fluid, fetal cells, fetal hair, or other debris enters the mother's blood stream and lodges in her lungs as a form of pulmonary embolism.


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What are the symptoms of an amniotic fluid embolism?

What are the symptoms of an amniotic fluid embolism?

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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What are the tests for amniotic fluid embolism?

What are the tests for amniotic fluid embolism?

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.

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How does meconium stain amniotic fluid causes amniotic fluid embolism?

How does meconium stain amniotic fluid causes amniotic fluid embolism?

It does not!: Meconium passage in utero is common and generally without consequence provided there is no fetal distress. Amniotic fluid embolism is a very rare but almost always lethal maternal complication of late pregnancy. The two conditions are unrelated.

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What is the treatment for amniotic fluid embolism?

Supportive care: Supportive care consisting of stabilizing maternal oxygenation and hemodynamic function. Anemia and any coagulation defects can be corrected with appropriate transfusable blog products. Any seizure activity can be inhibited with medications. These treatments along with prayer still only yield a 50% survival rate.

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Why does c sections increase the risk of amniotic fluid embolism?

2 possibilities: The theoretical reason is that the operative delivery disrupts the tissues and allows amniotic fluid to more easily pass into the woman's blood vessels. But it's not entirely clear if this is a true risk or just an association. Women with suspected amniotic fluid embolism are rushed to c-section. So it's possible it's the other way around, amniotic fluid embolism increases risk of c-section.

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What is amniotic fluid embolism?

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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What causes amniotic fluid embolism?

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.

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What are the tests for amniotic fluid embolism?

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.

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What are the symptoms of an amniotic fluid embolism?

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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Are there certain things that make getting amniotic fluid embolism more likely?

Yes: Careless surgery can open venous plexuses susceptible to pick up amniotic fluid. Too much pressure on the abdomen during cesarean can do the same thing as well. Sometimes with everything done perfectly still happens unfortunately.

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Amniotic fluid embolism. ...can someone in this world of medicine help me...Can't get any help in Miami fl cause it's so rare. I'm not well.

Amniotic fluid embolism. ...can someone in this world of medicine help me...Can't get any help in Miami fl cause it's so rare. I'm not well.

Are you sure?: Are you sure you have an amniotic fluid embolus? It is not a chronic condition. It is an acute emergency, usually happening at the time of delivery, and is life threatening. Do you mean pulmonary embolism, which is also life threatening but not always an acute event. The risk of pulmonary embolus is increased during pregnancy.

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Explain the condition called an amniotic fluid embolism.?

Explain the condition called an amniotic fluid embolism.?

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.

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Why does c sections increase the risk of amniotic fluid embolism?

2 possibilities: The theoretical reason is that the operative delivery disrupts the tissues and allows amniotic fluid to more easily pass into the woman's blood vessels. But it's not entirely clear if this is a true risk or just an association. Women with suspected amniotic fluid embolism are rushed to c-section. So it's possible it's the other way around, amniotic fluid embolism increases risk of c-section.

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How does meconium stain amniotic fluid causes amniotic fluid embolism?

It does not!: Meconium passage in utero is common and generally without consequence provided there is no fetal distress. Amniotic fluid embolism is a very rare but almost always lethal maternal complication of late pregnancy. The two conditions are unrelated.

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Should I fear amniotic fluid embolism? And what is the safest way?

Very rare: Amniotic fluid embolism is very rare. I wouldn't worry about that. The cause is not really understood and so it is unclear how to prevent it.

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Are more doctors starting to learn more about amniotic fluid embolism?

Are more doctors starting to learn more about amniotic fluid embolism?

Hope so everyday: Knowledge is never complete, doctor will be learning, every day on every disease to the endless eternity, to save humans, fortunately the dangerous amniotic fluid embolism is not that common.

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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