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SYMPOSIUM: EMBOLISM IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-57

Amniotic fluid embolism


1 Department of Anesthesiology, Centre for Palliative Care, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, USA; Department of Anesthesiology, Srinagarind Hospital, Faculty of Medicine at the Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand
2 Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Centre for Palliative Care, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, USA; Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Srinagarind Hospital, Faculty of Medicine at the Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand
3 Department of Anesthesiology, University of Toledo College of Medicine, Toledo, OH, USA
4 Department of Anesthesiology; Department of Neurological Surgery, Centre for Palliative Care, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, USA
5 Department of Anesthesiology, Centre for Palliative Care, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, USA
6 Deparment of Surgery, Division of Trauma/Surgical Critical Care, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
7 Department of Surgery, Centre for Palliative Care, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, USA
8 Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Burn, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, USA

Correspondence Address:
Stanislaw P. A. Stawicki
Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma, Critical Care, and Burn, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Suite West Avenue, Columbus, USA

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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5151.109422

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Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is an unpredictable and as-of-yet unpreventable complication of maternity. With its low incidence it is unlikely that any given practitioner will be confronted with a case of AFE. However, this rare occurrence carries a high probability of serious sequelae including cardiac arrest, ARDS, coagulopathy with massive hemorrhage, encephalopathy, seizures, and both maternal and infant mortality. In this review the current state of medical knowledge about AFE is outlined including its incidence, risk factors, diagnosis, pathophysiology, and clinical manifestations. Special attention is paid to the modern aggressive supportive care that resulted in an overall reduction in the still alarmingly high mortality rate of this devastating entity. The key factors for successful management and resolution of this disease process continue to be sharp vigilance, a high level of clinical suspicion, and rapid all-out resuscitative efforts on the part of all clinicians involved in the medical care of the parturient.


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