AMNIOTIC FLUID EMBOLISM
Mishra Archana*, Arya Priyanka and Arora Renu
Amniotic fluid embolism is an enigma, a true obstetrician nightmare because of its sudden occurrence, rapid progression causing maternal collapse and high fetomaternal mortality. It’s a rare event but a catastrophic emergency that is unique to pregnancy. Etiopathogenesis of AFE is not well understood and diagnostic criterias are controversial. It occurs when amniotic fluid, fetal cells, hair, or other debris enter the maternal circulation causing shortness of breath, altered mental sensorium and cardiovascular collapse. Despite advances in critical care management across the globe, there is no definitive management for AFE, treatment is supportive and not much improvement in the survival or long-term outcome of women with AFE has been achieved yet.
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