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Cesarean delivery for life-threatening status asthmaticus.
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PMID:  23344396     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: : Asthma remains a common chronic illness in pregnancy with the potential for catastrophic complications. Most women with asthma exacerbation can be treated with medical management and continuation of pregnancy. However, refractory cases may necessitate delivery for fetal or maternal indications.
CASE: : We report a case of status asthmaticus at 33 weeks of gestation with significant maternal respiratory acidosis and difficulty with ventilation necessitating delivery by cesarean delivery in the medical intensive care unit. The patient was unresponsive to standard medical therapies. Delivery resulted in immediate improvement in maternal ventilation parameters.
CONCLUSION: : In cases of life-threatening status asthmaticus refractory to standard medical and ventilatory therapies in the third trimester, cesarean delivery should be considered as a final effort to increase tidal volumes and improve maternal gas exchange.
Jamie O Lo; Jonathan Boltax; Torri D Metz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  121     ISSN:  1873-233X     ISO Abbreviation:  Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401101     Medline TA:  Obstet Gynecol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  422-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Division, University of Utah, Salt Lake, Utah.
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