Amniotic fluid embolism causing catastrophic pulmonary vasoconstriction: diagnosis by transesophageal echocardiogram and treatment by cardiopulmonary bypass.

@article{Stanten2003AmnioticFE,
  title={Amniotic fluid embolism causing catastrophic pulmonary vasoconstriction: diagnosis by transesophageal echocardiogram and treatment by cardiopulmonary bypass.},
  author={Russell D Stanten and Leigh I G Iverson and Terrance M Daugharty and Stuart M Lovett and Crystal Terry and Edward Blumenstock},
  journal={Obstetrics and gynecology},
  year={2003},
  volume={102 3},
  pages={496-8}
}
BACKGROUND Amniotic fluid embolism is a rare yet often lethal peripartum complication resulting from rapid cardiovascular collapse. Progress toward a better understanding of this entity has failed to identify either the underlying hemodynamic pathophysiology or an effective evidence-based treatment. CASE A 45-year-old woman with a documented placenta previa experienced an amniotic fluid embolism during scheduled cesarean delivery. Transesophageal echocardiogram examination revealed… CONTINUE READING
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