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Amniotic fluid embolism after surgical trauma: two case reports and review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17116356     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is a relatively rare condition usually occurring during or shortly after pregnancy and is catastrophic in most cases. The classical description is a sudden onset of dyspnoea, cyanosis and hypotension out of proportion to the blood loss, followed quickly by cardiorespiratory arrest. Up to 20% of patients will have seizures and up to 40% will have consumptive coagulopathy. If the patient survives the initial phase, a non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema will follow in up to 70% of all cases. We report on two cases of severe and near fatal amniotic fluid embolism during pregnancy. Surgical trauma, caused by a blow in the stomach and a surgical intervention, was considered to be the aetiology.
Christine Pluymakers; Annick De Weerdt; Yves Jacquemyn; Cecile Colpaert; Els Van de Poel; Philippe G Jorens
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2006-11-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Resuscitation     Volume:  72     ISSN:  0300-9572     ISO Abbreviation:  Resuscitation     Publication Date:  2007 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-01-15     Completed Date:  2007-11-13     Revised Date:  2009-08-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0332173     Medline TA:  Resuscitation     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  324-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Critical Care Medicine, University Hospital of Antwerp, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Spontaneous*
Cervix Uteri* / surgery
Dilatation and Curettage*
Embolism, Amniotic Fluid / etiology*,  pathology
Escherichia coli / isolation & purification*
Laparotomy / adverse effects*
Respiratory Insufficiency / physiopathology
Vaginal Smears

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