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Amniotic fluid embolism.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1478025     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Amniotic fluid embolism is the most unpredictable and catastrophic complication of pregnancy, accounting for 10% to 20% of maternal deaths. The pulmonary edema commonly seen in this syndrome is probably due primarily to alveolar capillary leakage and may be potentiated by high maternal extracellular volume, low colloid osmotic pressure, and, in some patients, by depressed myocardial function. In patients in whom resuscitation is successful, diuresis leads to rapid resolution of pulmonary edema. Amniotic fluid does not ordinarily enter the maternal circulation, and the identification of large numbers of fetal squames in the postpartum pulmonary microvasculature is probably of clinical significance.
Authors:
R G Masson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinics in chest medicine     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0272-5231     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Chest Med.     Publication Date:  1992 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-02-11     Completed Date:  1993-02-11     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7907612     Medline TA:  Clin Chest Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  657-65     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Metrowest Medical Center, Framingham, Massachusetts.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Embolism, Amniotic Fluid* / complications,  diagnosis,  physiopathology,  therapy
Female
Humans
Lung / blood supply*,  cytology
Microcirculation / cytology
Pregnancy
Respiratory Insufficiency / etiology

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