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What is amniotic fluid embolism?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Embolus (Definition)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung . It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Fetal lung fluid & urine make amniotic fluid, right? So what caused oligohydramnios?

Fetal lung fluid & urine make amniotic fluid, right? So what caused oligohydramnios?

Decreased perfusion: Oligo can be either loss of fluid or decreased production. A stressed infant will shunt oxygenated blood to more vital organs, less renal perfusion, therefore less urine produced. Anything that decreases placental perfusion can cause it (abruption or placental separation, poor implantation, vascular problems, clots, uterine abnls, etc). There are too many causes to list here, ask your ob. ...Read more

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What is amninonic fluid embolism?

What is amninonic fluid embolism?

A very rare reaction: to amniotic fluid or other parts of the baby (fetal cells, etc.) that pass through the placenta into the mother. It can cause severe problems with the lungs, heart, and blood cells that are often fatal. It usually happens during or shortly after the separation of the placenta from the uterus. Exactly what causes the severe reaction isn't completely understood. ...Read more

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Can normal seperation of placenta during birth cause Amniotic Fluid Embolisim?

Can normal seperation of placenta during birth cause Amniotic Fluid Embolisim?

Very rare event: Amniotic fluid embolism is a very rare event occurring in about 1/50,000 deliveries. The exact cause in unknown. ...Read more

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Can amniotic fluid embolism be prevented by having a c section?

No: In fact, a c section may increase the risk of such an event. ...Read more

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Blood debris in amniotic fluid normal?

Blood debris in amniotic fluid normal?

Based on setting: During pregnancy, it is not unusual to see "debris" in the amniotic fluid during ultrasound. This is likely related to vernix - a cheesy substane produced by the baby. On the other hand, bloody amniotic fluid that is actually seen can be normal, or it can be a sign of a complication called placental abruption. In either case, this should be clarified by the ob/gyn involved. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the clinical difference between hypovolemic shock and amniotic fluid embolism during c section?

Similar but differen: Hypovolemic shock is blood and fluid loss usually from bleeding causing severe low BP and cardiac arrest from loss of perfusion. Amniotic fluid embolism leads to low BP from allergic vasodilation and then bleeding from dic (disseminated intravascular coagulation) which results in hypovolemic shock and cardiac arrest. The mechanisms are similar but different. ...Read more

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If amniotic sac is intact during vaginal delivery or c section, Are chances of AMniotic Fluid Embolisim basically zero chance?

If amniotic sac is intact during vaginal delivery or c section, Are chances of AMniotic Fluid Embolisim basically zero chance?

Yes: Actually, AFE is quite a rare event and, to a degree, independent of a patient's ruptured status. The general idea is that there is a breech and/or permeability of the of the natural blood-amniotic barriers. This allows products of pregnancy to, unaturally, enter the maternal circulation and cause catatrophic events (primarily in the lungs), culminating in death, oftentimes. ...Read more

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What does large fluid collection with an air fluid level mean ??

What does large fluid collection with an air fluid level mean ??

Where?: Where is this seen? Is this on plain x-ray or a CT scan? Need much more detailed clinical information. Could mean anything from air & fluid in a urinary bladder, air & fluid in the stomach, or something concerning like an abscess. Review with the doctor who ordered the study please. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Could increased pleural fluid cause pulmonary edema, heart failure, or pneumonia?

Could increased pleural fluid cause pulmonary edema, heart failure, or pneumonia?

No, but: Increased pleural fluid (effusion) may be caused by pulmonary edema and heart failure. This is because the heart is unable to pump the blood effectively and fluid backs up in the lungs and leaks out to the pleural space. The fluid can often be relieved by medication. Pneumonia can cause increased fluid as well, which is often infected (empyema). This is removed by a tube in the chest or surgery. ...Read more

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Is pleural effusion serious in fetus?

Is pleural effusion serious in fetus?

Can be.: If fetus has pleural effusion, can affect development of the lungs. If mother has pleural effusion, can affect mom's breathing and getting oxygen to the fetus. ...Read more

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If the amniotic sac didn't break then would amniotic flyid embolisim be impossible? Can babies be delivered without amniotic sac broke?

If the amniotic sac didn't break then would amniotic flyid embolisim be impossible? Can babies be delivered without amniotic sac broke?

En caul: When the baby is born still in the sac it is called delivery “en caul.” It occurs in about 1/80000 deliveries. While the relationship between delivery in en caul and amniotic fluid embolism is unknown both are so rare it would be impossible to determine. ...Read more

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How alveloe in lungs fills with fluid by bacterial infection during pneumonia ?

How alveloe in lungs fills with fluid by bacterial infection during pneumonia ?

Pneumonia: The fluid filling the alveolus, secondary to infection, is quite simply pus/ purulence that develops as white blood cells kill the infectant. A good amount of damage to alveolar cells also occurs due to proteins released from white blood cells designed to recruit more cells to area of infection, creating breaks in cell lining. This causes increased swelling/ fluid leak into air spaces. ...Read more

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Amniotic Fluid Embolism (Definition)

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 ...Read more