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Doctor insights on: How To Prevent Amniotic Fluid Embolism

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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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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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. ...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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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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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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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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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. ...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